Carlos Beltran continues to do well while playing rehab games in the Florida State League for St. Lucie. Last night, Beltran was 2-4 with an RBI and played all nine innings in centerfield and even made a diving catch. After the game Beltran spoke to reporters:
“I feel better and better everyday,” Beltran said after the game. “Since I have began playing in games, I have not held back. I have played hard, the way the game is supposed to be played… I dove for the first time today and had no pain. I’m not hesitating, just reacting and trying to make plays.”
Beltran is coming along nicely and so far in six games he is batting .391 with a .918 OPS and a six game hit streak. He will probably be logging some time in Binghamton or Buffalo before ultimately rejoining the Mets, so look for that to happen in the next day or two. If he continues to hit well there, then the Mets will finalize a timetable for his return. At this point it still looks like he’s about two weeks away.
Meanwhile, Oliver Perez started the clock on his return to the Mets. After starting St. Lucie, the Mets now have 30 days to activate him from the disabled list.
Perez took the loss last night and pitched six innings while allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk. He did manage to strike out seven batters. With a 6.00 ERA, he looks like he’s back to his old self.
Jerry Manuel went on record yesterday, telling reporters that he now sees Perez best serving the Mets out of the bullpen and that a return to the rotation it very unlikely.
That’s a pretty expensive mop-up man, but it is what it is.