After playing in today’s Spring Training game for the New York Mets, Carlos Beltran has declared himself healthy and ready to play in Friday’s Opening Day game against the Florida Marlins.
Beltran started in right field today and played in his first Grapefruit League game since March 6th. He went 1-3 at the dish and made a sliding catch in the outfield as well.
When he was asked about his play in his minor league tune-up as compared to today’s game, Beltran said, “Playing in the minor leagues is boring honestly. Today I feel good. I felt like I had good at-bats and was able to see a lot of pitches. I feel fine.”
This is excellent news for the Mets, who need a healthy Carlos Beltran if they want to surprise teams this season and make the playoffs. Regarding the situation of surprising teams, Beltran said, “We’re going to surprise people. That’s for sure. Like they’re going to surprise us too. That’s baseball.”
Beltran has shown increased dedication and a much better attitude as of late and may be poised for a bounce-back season. This may be due to the fact that Beltran is in the final year of his contract or perhaps the new Mets’ regime has gotten to him. Either way Beltran seems to be more of a team player and it is nice to see him looking healthy again.
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