Beltran returns to Cardinals’ lineup in NLCS
Beltran said his strained left knee felt good enough to play. The All-Star right fielder underwent 2 1/2 hours of treatment during the day, plus acupuncture to increase blood flow to the knee.
“I’m good to go,” Beltran said. “I feel better. I just needed to go out there and make some sprints 100 percent.”
The 35-year-old Beltran is hitting .400 with three home runs, five doubles and six RBIs in 30 at-bats this postseason.
Beltran was injured running out a double-play ball in the first inning of Game 3. Matt Carpenter replaced him and hit a go-ahead, two-run homer. Beltran did not play in Game 4, and Carpenter doubled, walked twice and scored two runs in the Cardinals‘ 8-3 victory Thursday night.
Beltran’s biggest concern had been playing the outfield.
“Yesterday I would have loved to be in the lineup, but I just didn’t make it,” Beltran said.