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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Alderson: Beltran plan is still Opening Day

By Andrew Marchand

While Carlos Beltran is still not playing in exhibition games, Sandy Alderson is not ruling him out of possibly being ready for the Mets opener in two weeks.

"We're still planning on him being ready for Opening Day," Alderson said. "We'll see where he is when we get back [to St. Lucie] on Friday."

Alderson said something interesting that makes it pretty apparent -- if it weren't already -- that Beltran might not be able to play every day at all this season.

"It is fair [to say] it was unrealistic now for anyone to expect him to be able to play center field on a routine basis all season," Alderson said. "At this point, we just have to see where he is at the beginning of the season."

If Beltran couldn't play center on a routine basis, how could he play right regularly?