Batman Returns: Carlos Beltran Revisits Gotham When Team Needs Him Most

Phil HoopsCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 11:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 11, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Carlos Beltran returns to the Mets' starting lineup tonight for the first time in more than two months, reports Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

While his return will not help the Mets avoid missing the playoffs for the third straight year, Beltran’s return should bring some legitimacy to the Mets' lineup.

Prior to his injury, Beltran was tearing it up, hitting at a .336 clip with eight home runs and 40 RBIs.

Even more impressive is that of his 81 hits, 39 of them were for extra bases.

Finally, there is some upbeat news to report. Hopefully John Maine is next in line to return.