No simulated game either for Beltran

Carlos Beltran will refrain from any game action for a second straight day Tuesday to rest left knee tendinitis coupled with his chronic right knee woes.

Beltran had his first Grapefruit League action Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, when he went 1-for-3 while serving as designated hitter. The Mets believed Beltran would be capable of returning to a game Monday and then Tuesday, but neither materialized. Beltran even considered getting at-bats in a simulated game on a back field with minor leaguers at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. -- which would have allowed him to see live pitching without running -- but that also was aborted.

"I talked to Carlos on the phone. He is not going to play in the simulated game. He's not going to play today," Terry Collins told ESPNNewYork.com in Kissimmee, the site of the Mets' road split-squad game.

Collins insisted that was not an alarming turn of events.

"We talked about some things," the manager said about his conversation with Beltran. "His legs are stiff right now, and he's got a little tendinitis in his other knee, his left knee. So I said, 'Look, let's take the two days now. It beats two weeks if we try to stretch it.’ We've got a lot of time. He's swinging the bat great. He's had good BPs. He's doing a lot of work in the cage, which I know that's what's causing it."

Asked if observers should be concerned with Beltran not playing in two games since serving as DH on Sunday, especially considering Beltran had to shut down his 2010 season with a week to go because of chronic right knee issues, Collins said about panicked fans: "They can say what they want. Everybody's entitled to their opinion. But they're not here. We've got to do what's right and what's smart. We can't get this guy ready so the fans think he's going to play. We've got to get him ready to play."