NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran received a cortisone shot Friday in his left knee, which has been inflamed because of tendinitis.
Beltran resumed baseball activities Wednesday after being shut down for more than a week while allowing anti-inflammatory drugs to work. However, the knee was still bothering Beltran, so Mets team doctor Struan Coleman administered the shot Friday morning.
“I suggested it to the doctor, and they talked about it, and they said I still have a little bit of inflammation there, so they put one in the knee,” said Beltran.
The 33-year-old right fielder developed tendinitis while overcompensating for his right knee, which underwent surgery last January.
“They gave me some anti-inflammatories, and they helped, but I still have a little bit there, so hopefully the cortisone will take that away and allow me to do what needs to be done in order to get ready,” Beltran said.
Beltran appeared in one exhibition game as a designated hitter March 6 before the setback.
The oft-injured slugger was limited in his first two workouts Wednesday and Thursday, hitting only from the right side and not doing any running outside. He did hit from the left side Friday morning and said he was able to tolerate a slight “sensation.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the cortisone shot was discussed before the hitting session. He expects Beltran to resume his workouts within about 24 hours, and the club remains hopeful he can be ready for the start of the season.
“It’s still realistic,” Alderson said. “I mean, (manager) Terry (Collins) believes given his athleticism and history, he can be ready to play right field after playing five or six games, so I think it’s still realistic, but at the same time this is another bump in the road. We’ll have to see how things go in the next week.”
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