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Beltran sustains foot injury, X-rays negative


JUPITER, Fla. -- Right fielder Carlos Beltran exited Thursday's game shortly after an errant pitch from Miami starter Jacob Turner struck him on his right foot.

Beltran attempted to stay in the game initially and ran the bases in full during the Cardinals' six-run inning. But for precautionary reasons, the Cardinals did not sent him back out on defense for the second. Instead, Beltran headed back to the clubhouse, where X-rays on his foot came back negative.

"I tried not to think about it, and tried to run regular around the bases, but then it got sore," Beltran said, before adding, "It's painful. It's painful."

Beltran characterized the injury as day to day, though he only has two days remaining in Cardinals camp before he's scheduled to join Team Puerto Rico for the start of the World Baseball Classic. Asked if this injury could affect his status for the Classic, Beltran answered "who knows?"

Beltran will report to the Cardinals' spring complex on Friday for treatment and further evaluation. He was already scheduled to skip the team's game against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.

"We'll see how it feels," Beltran said. "Right now it's sore."

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