Ill Beltran doesn't start, delivers pinch-hit RBI

Ill Beltran doesn't start, delivers pinch-hit RBI

CHICAGO -- A day after delivering a game-tying, ninth-inning homer, Carlos Beltran spent time in the trainers' room, largely quarantined from teammates.

Beltran came down with an illness late Saturday night. The club initially suggested Beltran stay away from the park on Sunday in case he was contagious, but the training staff, after examining the right fielder, gave the OK for Beltran to report.

Beltran received fluids and took some medication to help quicken the recovery. It turned out to be a good enough remedy that Beltran, in the middle innings of Sunday's game, passed along a message that he'd be available, if necessary to pinch-hit.

Manager Mike Matheny accepted the offer in the eighth, and Beltran came through with an RBI single in a 6-3 victory over the Cubs. He had not had the opportunity to swing a bat before coming to the plate.

Beltran -- unsure whether the illness was brought on by food poisoning, which Matheny, earlier in the day, suggested might have been the case -- said he was feeling better by the time the game ended. That bodes well for him being cleared to rejoin the starting lineup Monday.