This is the big day that we’ve all been waiting for. Well, maybe not. The day we’ve all been waiting for is the day that Carlos Beltran actually re-joins the Mets and is in the lineup. In lieu of that, we’ve been waiting for the day when Beltran starts running again.
Today is that day. The reports from Port St. Lucie, where Beltran has been rehabbing from knee surgery, are that he’ll try to run today for the first time. If so, it should be another three weeks or so before we start looking at a timetable for his return to the Mets’ lineup.
Beltran has already missed 100 games over the last two seasons. Anytime a player signs a 7-year contract, you have to believe that there will be a couple of bad seasons during that contract. And those bad ones will probably be towards the end of the deal. That’s exactly what’s happening with Beltran and we can probably expect the same from Johan Santana in a few years. Players are bound to break down at some point.
It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve seen him play. To jog your memory, here are Beltran’s career averages over 162 games:
.283/.360/.496 28 HR’s 107 RBI’s 30 SB’s