Beltran misses fourth start with ailing knee

Beltran misses fourth start with ailing knee

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Beltran's sore right knee did not respond to treatment as expected, and he was not in the lineup again Thursday.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the slugger would be available to pinch-hit if necessary.

"When he came in, he was not where he thought he would be," Matheny said before Thursday's game. "Check back tomorrow."

Beltran missed his fourth start as a result of the problematic knee. There has been no talk about him possibly going on the disabled list, and he popped out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning Thursday.

"You never know, but I was hoping to write him in today," Matheny said. "It didn't work out."

Beltran is hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 32 runs driven in.