ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran has returned to the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
Beltran was set to play right field Friday night against San Francisco. The Cardinals hold a 3-1 lead in the series.
The All-Star outfielder did not play Thursday night, a day after he left after one inning because of a strained left knee.
The 35-year-old Beltran is hitting .400 with three home runs, five doubles and six RBIs in 30 at-bats this postseason.