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ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran was in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup for the opener of their series against NL Central-leading Pittsburgh, making a quick recovery from a bruised right foot.
Beltran was taken out in the sixth inning Sunday after fouling a ball off the foot. The Cardinals had a day off Monday and Beltran and the team had been hopeful he could return.
Beltran was batting .305 with a team-leading 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. The switch-hitter was hurt batting right-handed and he was batting left-handed against the Pirates' Charlie Morton, lessening the chance of aggravating the bruise with another foul ball.
The Cardinals added a hitter to the bench, recalling infielder Jermaine Curtis from Triple-A Memphis and demoting right-handed reliever Michael Blazek.