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Beltran likely to DH

Carlos Beltran of the Mets gets a hit

Carlos Beltran of the Mets gets a hit against the Pirates at PNC Park. (June 10, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Back in spring training, when Carlos Beltran’s vulnerable knees were a concern, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that he would DH whenever possible. But Scott Hairston was inserted into that role for Friday’s series opener against the Rangers, and after talking with Beltran, Terry Collins planned to use him in rightfield for the first two games before giving him Sunday as the DH.

“He’s shown himself physically to be in great shape,” Collins said.

On Saturday, Collins wants to get Lucas Duda back into the lineup, possibly at first base, with someone else as the DH.

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