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. 

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.