Cardinals confident Beltran is fully recovered

Cardinals confident Beltran is fully recovered

SAN FRANCISCO -- As far as the Cardinals are concerned, Carlos Beltran's left knee injury is a non-issue at this point. The switch-hitting outfielder was in the starting lineup once again on Sunday, and manager Mike Matheny made it clear that it really wasn't even much of a question.


Beltran suffered what the club called a left knee strain in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. He sat out Thursday's Game 4, but was back in the lineup a day later. In Friday's Game 5, Beltran singled and stole a base.

"We were concerned we wouldn't have him [for Game 5], and it took down right at the last minute before we got him in that last game," Matheny said. "But he came out, and the first at-bat [he] gets a base hit and then steals a base, pretty indicative of how he's feeling. [He] seems to be getting better. I salute him and our medical staff for getting really ahead of this, and hopefully we'll be able to keep riding this out and it doesn't flare up again."

Beltran was initially slated to bat second for the Redbirds on Sunday, but he moved into the No. 3 spot when Matt Holliday was scratched due to lower back discomfort.