Carlos Beltran developed tendinitis in his left knee because he favored that leg over his surgically repaired right knee. He suggested the discomfort escalated to pain during Friday's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies, even though he was able to complete the game. As a result, Beltran will sit out Saturday's game.
"I've been dealing with that since I had the [Jan. 13] surgery -- after compensating," Beltran said. "It wasn't as bad as it got to yesterday. I'm not concerned. I let them know that I was sore. They decided to give me a day off."
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In his first at-bat Friday, Beltran landed hard on his left knee as he went through first base.
"After that I put on some 'red hot' and finished the game," Beltran said. "But, after the game, I told the trainers it was bothering me. That's it."
Beltran indicated the trouble was foreseeable. He's being treated with ultrasound and ice.
"When I had the surgery and when I started doing the rehab in Port St. Lucie, of course you're not trying to put pressure on the one that you had the surgery, so you start compensating," he said. "But it didn't bother me. It started bothering me when I played in rehab games a little bit. Like I said, I'm not worried about it."
Beltran had homered Friday off Roy Halladay -- the switch-hitter's first time going deep from the left side of the plate since returning for the season's second half. Asked if he thought his power was coming back, Beltran said: "I'm getting stronger, for sure, because I've been coming ot the ballpark and working hard and doing my exercises for me to keep my legs strong. Hitting a home run is something that's always good. But, for me, most important is driving the ball to the opposite field. I think when you're able to do that, it really means you're letting the ball get deep, staying inside the ball. That's a better sign than hitting a home run."
Beltran said he had similar tendinitis in 2006 and '07 with the Mets. He ultimately underwent surgery on both knees on Oct. 3, 2007 -- a procedure called debridement -- to clean out the joints.
"I'm not thinking about surgery," Beltran said regarding whether another invasive procedure will be required. "I'm thinking about finishing the season and just going home in the offseason and get back and get ready and get strong and do my thing."
Meanwhile, Beltran said he is "very happy" with how his right knee is responding eight months after surgery.
"The doctors did a great job cleaning the area," Beltran said. "Honestly, I haven't felt anything. No pain. I'm good with it. I just need to continue to get strong."
Asked about whether he may be able to eventually shed the cumbersome knee brace that has restricted his movement, Beltran said: "That's something we have to discuss with the doctors."