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Carlos Beltran


Beltran did not play for the Mets in a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday, as manager Willie Randolph gave him the day off to rest his sore knees. He is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's contest with the Washington Nationals.


Beltran tied a major league record Sunday with his third grand slam this month. Beltran's second-inning slam was his 31st homer and New York's record-tying sixth slam this month. The drive gave the Mets a 7-0 lead and broke the club record for most homers by a center fielder in a season. Beltran became the ninth player in major league history to hit three grand slams in a calendar month, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


Beltran hit his second grand slam in as many games in Tuesday's 8-3 win over Cincinnati. The Mets' center fielder, who also connected in Sunday's 13-7 win over the Chicago Cubs, became the 23rd major leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games.


Beltran and teammate Cliff Floyd each hit grand slams, and David Wright smacked a two-run shot as the Mets totaled 11 runs in the sixth inning of a 13-7 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.


Beltran was selected to his third All-Star team Sunday and will start in the outfield for the National League. He is hitting .293 with 24 homers and 64 RBIs this season.


Beltran was named the NL player of the week after going 14-for-29 (.483) with three homers, 12 RBIs, 13 runs and five stolent bases in seven games for the Mets.


Beltran was expected to start for the Mets when they played the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. Beltran was listed as playing center field and batting in the third spot. It was his first action since aggravating a hamstring injury on April 20. He was hitting .278 with three homers and nine RBIs.


Beltran is out of the Mets' lineup for a sixth straight game Friday night. He isn't on the field for the Pedro Martinez-John Smoltz matchup in Friday's opener of a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.


After playing a few innings Thursday and making a pinch-hitting appearance Friday, Beltran was out of the Mets' lineup again Saturday and Sunday because of his right hamstring injury. The New York center fielder said over the weekend that the hammy is still too tender to resume playing. He hasn't played regularly since April 15 and remains day-to-day.


Although Beltran sat out his fourth straight game Wednesday with tightness in his right hamstring, the Mets' center fielder doesn't think he'll need to go on the disabled list. He is riding an exercise bike and feels better. Beltran believes warmer weather would help him return sooner, and he hopes to be ready when the Mets open a four-game set in San Diego Thursday.


Beltran sat out the Mets' 9-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday because of tightness in his right hamstring. The New York center fielder was hurt Saturday when he nearly collided in a play at first base with the Brewers' Prince Fielder. Beltran left in the eighth inning and later said of the injury, "To me, it's nothing major."


As he had hoped, Beltran returned to the New York Mets' starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The outfielder, who suffered a slight facial fracture and minor concussion when he collided with teammate Mike Cameron in last Thursday's loss to the San Diego Padres, went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base.


Beltran could return to the Mets' lineup as early as Wednesday after deciding not to have surgery to repair the slight fracture in his face. The outfielder, who suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Mike Cameron in last Thursday's loss to the San Diego Padres, planned to go through a full workout on Tuesday to get a feel on when he might be able to play again. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.


Beltran was able to walk off the field under his own power after violently colliding with teammate Mike Cameron while going for a ball in the seventh inning of Thursday's loss to the San Diego Padres. The outfield suffered a slight facial fracture, bruised left shoulder and slight concussion, but none of his injuries were serious. Cameron took the worst of the blow, ending up with a broken nose, multiple fractures of both cheekbones and a concussion.


Beltran extended his hitting streak to six games, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and run scored in Thursday's win over the Atlanta Braves. Over that span, the Mets' outfielder is 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles, one home run, and three RBI.


After having fluid drained from his ailing right quadriceps the previous day, Beltran said his leg was pain-free on Tuesday. The Mets' outfielder, who reportedly has been hampered by the injury for nearly six weeks, did not appear to be slowed in Tuesday's meeting with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 2-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI.


Beltran was back in the Mets' starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Other than one pinch-hit appearance, the outfielder had been sidelined the previous 10 days with a strained right quadriceps muscle. In 45 games this season, he is batting .293 with six home runs and 25 RBI, but has just one stolen base.


Beltran popped out to center as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, his first action since aggravating his strained right quadriceps muscle in Saturday's meeting with the Yankees. The Mets' outfielder said the leg is healing, but he's still not running well enough to return to the starting lineup. There is a chance Beltran could sit out a few more contests, as he does not want to risk a more serious problem.


To rest his strained right quadriceps, which he aggravated during Saturday's meeting with the Yankees, Beltran likely will miss the Mets' upcoming series with the Atlanta Braves. The outfielder, who has been battling the ailment for nearly two weeks, according to manager Willie Randolph, hopes to be back in action on Thursday in Florida. He will receive treatment and be evaluated on a daily basis.


After leaving Saturday's game with a strained right quadriceps, Beltran was held out of the Mets' lineup for the Sunday finale between the Yankees and Mets. Mike Cameron is in center field in place of Beltran and Eric Valent gets the start in right.


Beltran left Saturday's game between the Mets and Yankees in the fifth inning due to a strained right quadriceps. He was replaced in center field by Mike Cameron. The Mets have listed Beltran's status as day-to-day.