Carols Beltran Out Again: Is It Really His Stomach?

Timothy O'BrienCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 17, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

For the third consecutive game, Carlos Beltran will be out of the Mets line-up with a stomach virus.  This comes on the heels of Beltran missing time last week because of a sore knee.

Now, John Maine did leave his start on Sunday with a stomach problem lending credence to the idea that there is a bug going around the Mets clubhouse.  However, how many of you have missed three days of work because of a stomach bug?

Also, is it coincidence that he caught this severe stomach bug mere days after sitting out because of a sore knee and during a two week stand against the likes of the Marlins, Pirates, and Nationals?

This leads to one question.  Is it his stomach keeping him out, or are they hiding the truth, that his knee is keeping him out?  Perhaps they don't want the fans to panic, with all the injuries they already have.

Beltran is the Mets best player and announcing he was hurt while Delgado, Church, Reyes, and Schneider are on the DL would likely lead to a Mets nation revolt.  I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but this is interesting.