The Minaya Era Taught Me To Be Concerned For Beltran

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After sitting out yesterday’s game due to a sore knee Carlos Beltran was expected to play in an exhibition game today. This morning that plan was changed and it was announced that Beltran would play in a simulated game instead. Still later manager Terry Collins said that Beltran will not play at all today. Still later general manager Sandy Alderson said Beltran will be shut down 4-5 days due to tendinitis in his left knee.

Because of Beltran’s right knee surgery last fall I have to wonder if this actually has anything to do with the right knee. While it’s better for Beltran to take things slow now (better to sit a few days now than a few weeks later) one can’t help but wonder what is really happening and if there is something the team isn’t telling us about Beltran’s condition. Yesterday I said this situation bears watching but now it bears concern.

I’ve said before that I’m a cynical optimist. While the optimist in me is saying that Beltran will be fine in a couple of days the cynic, trained by several years of Omar Minaya’s much maligned conditioning/medical staff, is saying he should have an MRI on both knees just to be sure they are structurally sound. If he’s going to sit for a few days then why not? He’s got the time.

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