Beltran can resume work in 12 weeks

Updated: January 14, 2010, 2:32 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran had surgery on his troublesome right knee Wednesday and the All-Star center fielder will miss the start of the season. His decision to have the operation also sparked a dispute about whether he had received permission from the team, and perhaps whether the surgery was needed at all.

The New York Mets said Beltran is expected to resume baseball activities in 12 weeks, a timetable that likely would keep him out for most of April -- and maybe longer.

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