Ralph Kiner was in the TV booth the other day and Carlos Beltran's name came up in a conversation started by Gary Cohen. Cohen was discussing Beltran's lengthy absence due to his knee surgery, with the inference that it takes a long while to regain form. 

Kiner, refreshingly honest as usual, said it should only have taken about a week. He talked about players in his day who spent two or more years in the military and resumed their careers without any big adjustment issues. Kiner saw no distinction between absence from the game injury due to injury. 

Beltran has played in 19 games and is hitting .215 with one home run and seven runs batted in. David Lennon has been telling you that the centerfielder does not want to vacate his position for a corner spot to make room in center for the more mobile Angel Pagan.

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If Beltran doesn't get going, he might be better suited to a position on the bench. Bad as everyone knows Jeff Francoeur has been, he does have a bit of pop with 10 homers. That leads the Mets' powerless outfield (Pagan has nine homers, Jason Bay 6).   

Beltran has not been a factor since 2008, when he played in 161 games.he had 27 homers, 112 runs batted in and hit.284.