Terry Collins does not plan to use Carlos Beltran during the first week of Grapefruit League play, which starts Saturday. Still, Collins said he was impressed with how Beltran looked hitting from the right side of the plate Monday.
Of course, the last time Collins saw Beltran, it was at the Mets' complex during the summer, before he was activated from the disabled list following knee surgery.
"I thought Carlos Beltran could sit on his back leg and hit for the first time," Collins said, with that caveat about not seeing him during major league games in the second half.
Said Beltran: "I felt good at the end of the year from the right side. It's kind of like the same. I feel good. I feel strong. My quad feels strong. I don't feel anything."
Beltran also did agility drills and outfield drills Monday with teammates.