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  • Willie Randolph On Beltran.

    Willie Randolph suggested Beltran's biggest hurdle may be mental - convincing himself he can make quick bursts in the outfield and on the bases. Any hesitancy may stem from Beltran's right quadriceps injury last season, when he didn't go on the disabled list and had it linger for two months.

    Randolph said the Mets would not summon an outfielder from Triple-A Norfolk unless Beltran landed on the DL. And while the team didn't immediately announce the MRI results, the fact that he was cleared to pinch-hit suggested there was nothing alarming.

    If the Mets were to reach to the Tides for outfield help, Randolph said he expected Victor Diaz would be summoned, not prospect Lastings Milledge, and that Chavez would get the bulk of the starts in center field. Milledge is hitting .396 after an impressive spring in big-league camp, but Randolph said big-league breaking balls still may pose a challenge. "They don't just throw fastballs up here," Randolph said.

    I really don't think it's serious injury, but the thing is the hamstring is tender and you can't rush it or you can make it alot worse. You also don't want Beltran to be lost for an extended period of time and would rather see him rest it to its full health.

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    I think Beltran should take as long as he needs. The last thing this team needs is him aggravate the hamstring and lose him for 2 months.

    Without the ability to steal 30+ bases, Beltran is nothing but a slightly above average OFr. OF's who can hit .280 wth 25 HR are not that hard to find.


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