The daily updates the Mets have been providing about Carlos Beltran’s progress can seem a bit confusing at times.

He’s playing in extended spring training games. Then there are no more extended games so he’s just taking live batting practice. Then he’s DHing in intrasquad games. Then he’s running – but not full-out.

General manager Omar Minaya clarified matters a bit on Thursday, saying Beltran’s clock won’t start ticking until he plays in a minor-league rehab game – and the Mets aren’t sure yet when that will happen.

“He continues to have some live BP in a game type of situation,” Minaya said. “He is running side-to-side now, so he is improving.”

Beltran had knee surgery in January. At the time, the Mets were hoping he’d be back in May. Now they say they hope he can play in the majors four-to-six weeks after beginning “full” baseball activity.

“We usually gauge it like spring training,” Minaya said. “Spring training is four-to-six weeks for a player to be ready to play in the major leagues. So our guess is that when that time comes that he’s ready to play in [rehab] games . . . really the clock will start when he’s ready to play in rehab games.”

Minaya also said John Maine will “definitely have at least two” minor-league tuneups, the first coming Sunday at Trenton for Double-A Binghamton.

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Minaya also said he was not disturbed that Major League Baseball investigated the Mets’ placement of Oliver Perez on the disabled list (they were cleared of any shenanigans).

That doesn’t bother me,” Minaya said. “Sometimes these things happen. It’s done a lot. Questioning those kind of things is not something that is abnormal.”