Here are the highlights of Omar Minaya's portion of the presser concerning Carlos Beltran. Beltran will be partaking in a rehab assignment at Class-A Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Here are his thoughts on that and other matters:

Minaya asked on what the circumstances would be with extending the 20 days of Minor League rehab assignment for Beltran:

"We would have to have his (Beltran's) approval to do that.

On how things will shake down with the four outfielders:

"That’s going to be up to Jerry as far as he uses his outfield.

On when Beltran could come back at the earliest:

"If you ask Carlos, he would probably want to play today."

On why he came to the decision today on Beltran:

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"What I saw yesterday was a second gate. Needing to stop, and push it and go through that second gate after that."

Note: Beltran is Running with a brace which yields a limp.

Minaya on comparing rehab now versus if it were to occur at the beginning of the year: "He is far ahead of where he was during the first week of spring training. "

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On the fact that Beltran has said he wants to play in his homeland for the series next week against the Marlins in San Juan. And whether or not Beltran could play then:

"Well, I mean, right now, starting on Thursday, San Juan is starting on Monday, like I said, it would be very very difficult to think that he would be ready by San Juan. I wouldn’t expect him to be playing for us in San Juan.

Parnell:

He’s throwing more strikes, his velocity is consistently in the high 90’s. The key to Parnell is his fastball command, he has worked on his other pitches… It’s much more command of his pitches.

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On adding Beltran as compared to Oswalt or Lee:

"For us to be able to add Carlos Beltran, there is not going to be a better hitter, in any kind of market."

Minaya's Maine update:

"John Maine has gone for a second opinion, so today, he is visiting a doctor for a second opinion, and hopefully we will get a result sometime in the next day or so. There is a list MLB/Union doctor’s MLB approved, we have to get permission for that."