Beltran to play Thurs.; Wright X-ray Friday
June, 1, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
He should play in his 17th consecutive game on Thursday. Terry Collins said he will start Beltran on Thursday, due in large part to his success against Pirates starter Paul Maholm.
Beltran is 6-for-14 with one HR and three RBIs against the left-handed Maholm, who will start for the Pirates in the series finale.
“He’s one of the guys that has good numbers against Maholm,” Collins said. “I asked him yesterday if he needed a day and he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Great.’ Because … as short as we are, we need him out there.”
The Mets are without regulars David Wright (back), Ike Davis (bone bruise) and Jose Reyes (bereavement), though Reyes is expected to be back on Thursday after missing the minimum three days for bereavement leave after his grandmother died.
Beltran battled left knee inflammation in spring training and there was some question regarding his availability for opening day. But he has been one of the most durable Mets, playing in 52 of the teams 54 games thus far. He is hitting .279 with 16 doubles, eight homers and 28 RBIs.
WRIGHT X-RAY WILL BE FRIDAY: Wright said he will have an X-ray on his lower back fracture on Friday. The Mets hope to get a clear picture on when Wright can resume baseball activities after Friday’s exam. Thus far, Wright has been cleared to work on strengthening his core muscles, which surround the fracture.
REYES BACK THURSDAY: Collins confirmed that Reyes will return to the lineup on Thursday after he took three days away from the team to mourn the death of his paternal grandmother. Major League Baseball allows a player to miss a minimum of three and a maximum of seven days for bereavement leave. It is unclear if Bobby Parnell or Dale Thayer will be called down to make room for Reyes, though Collins suggested Parnell will stay at the big league level to work with pitching coach Dan Warthen.