The St. Louis Cardinals certainly missed right fielder Carlos Beltran in their loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Labor Day. The fact is the Cardinals cannot afford to have Beltran miss too much time, especially against the Reds, because they are competing for a National League Central division crown. For that reason, St. Louis was thrilled to see him back in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Beltran missed Monday’s contest due to pain in his lower back after he injured it on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The good news is that the injury does not appear seriousness enough to affect him too much going forward. With that being said, it is certainly something the Cardinals will have to keep their eyes on down the stretch.
“Today, it feels good to go,” Beltran said, according to Cardinals.com. “I took some great swings in the [batting] cage — real high intensity. Right now, it feels good, so I’m in the lineup.”
Beltran currently leads St. Louis in home runs (23) while he is third in runs batted in (71) and fourth in batting average (.310).
There is no question the 36-year-old is a huge part of the Cardinals’ chances at making a postseason run. Even though the team has yet to clinch a playoff berth, they are currently one game back in the division and hold a commanding lead for the top Wild Card spot.
With that being said, if Beltran’s injury turned into something more serious St. Louis could be in big trouble. They will need his bat to bolster the offense down the stretch.