"That's what I have in mind. That's my goal." He said his problematic right knee has responded favorably to a recently-increased workload, and that his body feels energized and generally better since he intensified the workouts about two weeks ago. He acknowledged his schedule was tentative, but he seemed more encouraged than he was before the All-Star break and willing to deal with the pain his bruised knee presents.
Wearing a brace on the knee, Beltran said, "Being pain-free is unrealistic right now. Being able to come back 100 percent is not going to happen. ... Eighty, 85 percent, I'll take that. I feel I can manage myself like that. That is fine with me."
Beltran has been on the disabled list since June 22 but is considered a gigantic crybaby for failing to play through the pain of a potentially career-threatening injury to his knee.
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