It is now official, Carlos Beltran will return to the Mets lineup after the All Star break. In an article on ESPN New York, Beltran talks about his return to the game he loves,
“I’m happy to be back and a part of the team,” Beltran said at Citi Field before Sunday’s Mets-Atlanta Braves game. “[And to] try to help accomplish our mission: trying to win the division and trying to be in the playoffs.”
“I’m ready to go out and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” Beltran said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m 80, 90 or 100 percent. What is important is what [the Mets] asked me to do, I did everything and I’m ready to go.”
“At the big-league level it’s a different story,” said Beltran, who proclaimed himself in the best physical shape of his life. “It will take me time. I don’t expect to come up here and rake, you know. I just expect to come here and you know, do my part. Be able to contribute wherever I can.
“After being out for so long, it’s tough. But I really feel like all the sacrifice, all of the effort I put into the rehab paid off.”
Outfielder Jesus Feliciano has been sent back to Class AAA Buffalo to make room for Beltran on the roster. You can read the complete article here on ESPN New York.