Mets officially shut down outfielder Carlos Beltran

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No surprise here.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets have decided to shut outfielder Carlos Beltran down for the rest of the 2010 season because of pain and discomfort in his surgically-repaired right knee.

An MRI of the knee Wednesday showed only inflammation, but the Mets aren’t going to mess around with a player that they owe $18.5 million to in 2011.

Beltran, 33, turned in a .255/.341/.427 batting line, seven homers and 27 RBI over 220 at-bats this year.  He stole three bases in four chances.

The Mets should consider moving him out of center and over to right field heading into 2011.  Angel Pagan covers more ground at this point and might even be a better all-around player.  But the club has made no indication that a plan like that is in the cards. 

Dave Martinez undergoes cardiac catheterization, return date unknown

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez left the team in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Braves to go to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reported. Bench coach Chip Hale took over as manager for the remainder of the game.

Per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, GM Mike Rizzo said Martinez felt chest pains and underwent a cardiac catheterization today. The procedure assesses the heart’s condition. The team doesn’t know yet when Martinez will return.

With Hale continuing to fill in as manager, Tim Bogar will act as the bench coach in place of Hale and Joe Dillon will coach first base in place of Bogar.

The Nationals enter play Monday leading the first NL Wild Card by 1.5 games over the Cubs. The Nationals open up a six-game road trip with three games against the Cardinals starting Monday night. Stephen Strasburg will oppose Dakota Hudson.