Beltran sees doc; TC hopes he's back Tues

Carlos Beltran

Right Field
New York Mets


For the third straight game, New York Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran was held out of the lineup due to illness.

Beltran spent Monday visiting the doctor. Manager Terry Collins hopes to have him back on Tuesday when the Mets open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. It may be one of the final times Beltran appears as a Met. ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are willing to pick up the rest of Beltran's 2011 salary in a potential deal, likely making him more attractive to potential trading partners.

As far as the illness, Beltran spoke to Collins on Monday night and said he felt better.

"He was still sick last night at home. One more day it's gonna be," Collins said before the Mets' game Monday against the Marlins. "He did say he felt better yesterday but we've got some news today that he's still a little bit under the weather. He's got a good cased of it. I hope it doesn't spread because you know how that can go around the clubhouse."

After hitting a long home run in the Mets' loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, Beltran complained of a bad head cold. He said after Friday's game that he had to take cold medicine to step onto the field.

He was then held out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against Philadelphia.

Collins replaced him with Scott Hairston on Saturday. Hairston ended up with five RBI in the Mets' win. Willie Harris replaced Beltran on Sunday. Harris had two hits in a Mets' loss. On Monday, Hairston will replace Beltran as the Mets face the Marlins in a makeup of a May 17 game postponed due to rain.

"I just thought one more day is something we should do," Collins said.

Beltran has been one of the major reasons the often short-handed Mets entered play Monday at 47-47. He is batting .287 with 14 HR and 59 RBIs. Prior to Monday night’s games, Beltran led the National League with 28 doubles and was tied for third with 44 extra-base hits.

"He’s lost a bunch of weight and I’m not going to (take a) chance on losing him (for) five more days for one more day today," Collins said.