Carlos Beltran looked like a man among boys at Keyspan Park on Wednesday. That’s because he was.
The rehabbing Mets star, out since June 22 with a bone bruise on his right knee, served as the Clones’ DH for Wednesday’s game — and faced a Renegades starter barely more than half his age.
In his first at-bat, Beltran, 32, hit an RBI single off 18-year-old Jason McEachern, who was pitching for St. Stephens High School in Hickory, N.C., last summer. The big leaguer walked in his next at-bat and finished 1-for-3 in Brooklyn’s 4–2 loss to Hudson Valley.
The five-time All-Star said before the game that he could stay with the Clones through the weekend and might even ride the bus to Hudson Valley tomorrow.
Being that the Mets have no chance to make the post-season this year — thanks to injuries to practically their entire roster — many are wondering why Beltran would suit up at all.
But Wednesday night, he had an answer for them.
“A lot of people are telling me, ‘Why don’t I sit back the rest of the season?’ I don’t want to sit back,” he said. “I’m a ballplayer.”