Carlos Beltran “Making Progress," but Not Ready to Start Rehab

Flushing Baseball DailyContributor IApril 21, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 19:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets steals second base in the eighth inning ahead of the tag from Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Carlos Beltran met with the doctors in Vail, Colorado this week in what was supposed to be a final test before he started rehab, but even though he is “making progress,” Beltran has not been cleared to resume baseball activity.

The Mets wouldn’t call it a setback, but in reality it is hard to imagine that this isn’t exactly that. Two weeks ago they said it would be any day until he was going to start running again, but here we are and Beltran still off his feet.

“It’s kind of unfortunate,” manager Jerry Manuel said . “We have to continue to play how we’ve played the last three or four games and hope that Carlos begins to recover quickly. He’s an integral part of the middle of [this] lineup, a switch hitter.”

The Mets were hoping to have Beltran back in late May. At this point that is unrealistic. It will probably take about six to eight weeks to work his way back to Flushing once he starts rehab, so if he did start today that would put him at a June return at the earliest. Everyday he isn’t working out is cutting into that month, so it seems more realistic to begin thinking about a July return.

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