Mets Injury Update: Beltran Inching Closer Towards Return?

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May17, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Carlos Beltran took batting practice today on the field for about 20 minutes.

Popper said that Beltran appeared to be "fine." He reports that Beltran hit a ball hard enough to reach the Pepsi Porch, which is definitely encouraging. He even goes as far as saying that he was surprised that Beltran was not in the lineup tonight.

Bart Hubbuch echoed a similar report, however he noticed that Beltran still was walking with a limp. Hubbuch also reveals that Gary Sheffield will not play tonight, rather he will be activated tomorrow.

Hopefully, all goes as planned, as Jose Reyes was supposed to be activated "tomorrow" two months ago. Still, it is encouraging to hear that two of the bigger bats in the lineup are getting close to returning.