Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran played in his first rehab game Thursday with Single-A Port St. Lucie and finished 0-for-2 with a walk, according to the Newark Star-Ledgers Adam McCullough. He also played center field for five innings, but did not have a ball hit near him.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel made a few comments to ESPN New York on Thursday afternoon suggesting that Beltran could be activated on Monday, before the club heads to Puerto Rico for a series with the Marlins. For what it’s worth, we’re not buying it. Beltran has been on the shelf for close to four months and the Mets would be crazy to rush him back. He hasn’t even played a full nine innings in a live-action game.
For now, Angel Pagan will continue to man center field for the Mets. He’s hit a respectable .302/.363/.443 this season with 14 stolen bases and 23 extra-base hits in 255 at-bats this season.