Carlos Beltran Has Left Knee Tendinitis

Right knee: hurt. Left knee: hurt.

Carlos Beltran, already limited in action on account of his surgically repaired right knee, has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his left knee which will keep him from running and other rigorous exercise for a few days, at least. His official statement:

I felt a little discomfort in my left knee last week. I spoke to the doctors today. They advised me to just give it a rest for a couple of days. I can hit and do everything, but back off the running part of it. I feel fine. I think I just overcompensated from all the work I did on the other knee and I just need to give it a little break.

Terry Collins said, "I'm really not [concerned]," and Sandy Alderson added, "I'm not surprised, given the early stage of his baseball activity, at the fact that one of his knees has responded this way." The Mets are being understandably conservative, as any feasible scenario in which the Mets compete for the Wild Card surely must include significant contributions from Beltran. The good news is that it's not the right knee. The bad news is that the left knee, on which he had surgery in 2007, isn't so hot, either.

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