Carlos Beltran Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star's Ribs, Likely Return Date
INJURY UPDATE: Carlos Beltran left the game with a right rib contusion.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 24, 2013
INJURY UPDATE: Carlos Beltran taken to a local hospital for an examination.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 24, 2013
However, it appears the injury wasn't enough to keep him on the bench with his team in a 1-0 hole.
Beltran is officially in the Game 2 lineup, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
From Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan:
Before Game 2, Carlos Beltran received an injection of toradol, a powerful anti-inflammatory commonly used by pitchers with sore arms.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 25, 2013
Earlier today Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported the following:
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny: Carlos Beltran will take swings in 10-15 minutes in batting cage and Cards will decide on status then.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 24, 2013
As it turns out, he ended up skipping BP according to ESPN's Jayson Stark:
Our Carlos Beltran dugout stakeout was all for naught. Just told he won't be taking BP on the field. As you were.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 24, 2013
As of now he is still in tonight's lineup.
From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Beltran status unchanged: Game time decision. My hunch is he sits tonight.— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) October 24, 2013
Here is video of Beltran robbing Ortiz of a grand slam:
Beltran was injured while robbing a potential grand slam from David Ortiz in the bottom of the second inning on a ball that was headed for the bullpen in Fenway Park. Running toward right-center field, Beltran reached his left arm into the bullpen and slammed his right side into the fence. He then threw the ball in toward the infield, as David Ross scored on the sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.
Although Beltran looked to be fine after the play, he was seen holding his side and wincing in right field throughout the rest of the inning. When the Cardinals retired the side, he was taken into the dugout by the training staff to undergo further testing.
Beltran was replaced in the lineup by Jon Jay, who moved over to center field. Shane Robinson, who started in center, shifted to Beltran's spot in right.
While both players were integral performers in St. Louis' run this season, it will be impossible to replace Beltran's productivity. The 36-year-old outfielder, who was playing in his first World Series game, was hitting .256 with two home runs and a team-high 12 RBI heading into the series.
One of the most decorated postseason hitters of his generation, an extended absence from Beltran would be a difficult blow for St. Louis to swallow. The Cardinals have already struggled with bench depth during their playoff run, and thought they were getting an injury reprieve when Allen Craig returned to the lineup.
But without Beltran, manager Mike Matheny could have to dig deep into his bench. Beltran struck out against Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester in his only at-bat Wednesday night.
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