Beato pulled with shoulder tightness
March, 6, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Collins spotted Beato laboring on the mound during the warm-up tosses without Beato even mentioning to his manager between innings that he was not feeling 100 percent.
"I think my shoulder is just a little bit inflamed," Beato said. "On the precautionary side, Terry just took me out. That's about it. I'm probably just going to take a couple of days off and see how it feels after that."
Said Collins: "The way his delivery was, you could tell. His arm angle was bad. There was no arm speed. I look at Raffy. And [coach] Rafael Landestoy said, 'He's got to be hurt.' So I said I'm going to go check."
Beato said his shoulder had bugged him "a little bit" in camp.
"But it was like normal soreness," Beato said. "I wasn't worried about it. It wasn't anything like I should worry about. Spring training is a lot of throwing at the beginning of the year."
Beato said it's not a carryover from the fatigue of last year that prompted him to rule out pitching in winter ball do to arm exhaustion.
"No. When I came down, my shoulder was perfectly fine," Beato said. "It's just spring training. It was soreness and tightness. Like I said, it's more of the precautionary side to make sure that it doesn't get any worse, especially this time of the year."
Beato has three minor league options remaining and can open the season in the minors if he does not make the Opening Day roster. Last season he needed to remain on the major league staff the entire year as a Rule 5 pick or the Mets would have been required to put him on waivers and then offer him back to the Baltimore Orioles.
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