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Beltran plays with bruised right calf

New York Mets' Carlos Beltran can't come up

New York Mets' Carlos Beltran can't come up with a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Hart in the first inning of a baseball game. (June 7, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

MILWAUKEE -- Terry Collins didn't hesitate to pencil in Carlos Beltran for Tuesday night's game against the Brewers, but the manager did reserve the right to change his mind if Beltran looked shaky during batting practice because of his bruised right calf.

"If it's going to keep him from running correctly, I won't play him," Collins said. "But it's a bruise -- we know that. It's going to be sore, but if it's OK to run on, we'll be fine."

Beltran showed no pregame reservations, however. He went 0-for-4 but went the distance in the 2-1 win.

He spent Monday's day off icing his calf as well as using an electric stim device to take down the swelling.

"If I feel good, I want to play," Beltran said.

Beltran eventually got the green light to stay in the lineup, and just to be safe, he spent time tinkering with a new shinguard to make sure it fit correctly. Beltran cracked the old one Sunday night when he fouled a Tim Hudson pitch off the side of his right leg, breaking the plastic protector and bruising his calf in the process.

Mets wrap Day 2 of draft

The Mets chose to gamble a bit on 18-year-old outfielder Brandon Nimmo as the 13th overall selection in part because they believed the draft was loaded with college pitching.

So what did they do? Load up on it during Day 2 of the draft.

Starting with NC State righthander Cory Mazzoni, their first pick of the second round, the Mets reeled off four straight college pitchers, including Baylor's Logan Verrett, Cal State Fullerton's Tyler Pill and Jack Leathersich from UMass Lowell.

Overall, the Mets drafted eight college pitchers on the second day, and seven high school arms. They also grabbed six centerfielders, three shortstops, two catchers and two first basemen.

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