St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran left Friday night’s 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds early with a slight tweak in his leg. Even though there have been no official reports on the severity of his injury, it does not appear that he will miss any playing time because of it.
The 36-year-old struck out in the sixth inning, but ran towards first base after the ball got away from Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco. It was evident that something was not right with Beltran as it appeared he had difficulty running. He was removed from the game in the bottom of the inning.
“Something didn’t quite feel right,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, according to Cardinals.com. “Any time I hear that, especially right after an at-bat, it’s an opportunity to sit him down.”
Losing Beltran for any significant amount of time, even one game for that matter, would be a big blow for St. Louis. Even though the Cardinals currently have a four-game lead over the Reds in the National League Central division, that lead could vanish quickly if the right players are not in the lineup.
Beltran has performed at a very high level this season. In fact, he is currently on an eight-game hitting streak that dates back to May 28. Over that span, he is batting .368 with three home runs, 11 RBI and five runs in 38 at-bats. More importantly, St. Louis is 5-3 in games that he suited up for over that span. Beltran has missed three games since the end of May, which has certainly helped with the streak.
The 15-year player is batting .305 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 210 at-bats in 2013.