Omar Minaya, returned to New York after a quick trip to Port St. Lucie to see Carlos Beltran work out, announced today that Beltran will begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday... In Port St. Lucie.

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It'll be different, obviously, because Beltran won't just be playing in simulated games and hitting against Oliver Perez. He'll be facing Class A pitching and playing in real games.

The Mets have 20 days from the start of the rehab assignment to activate Beltran.