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Beltran sits today, hopes to DH tomorrow

New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (15) slides safely

New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (15) slides safely home from second base after teammate Daniel Murphy's single to right field in a spring training game. (March 5, 2011) Credit: AP

Carlos Beltran made his Grapefruit League debut at DH on Sunday, but will sit out this afternoon's game against the Tigers at Digital Domain Park. Manager Terry Collins checked in this morning with Beltran, who was in the trainer's room at the time, and decided to be cautious.

"He asked how I felt," Beltran said. "I told him sore, but in a good way."

The Mets have no need to push Beltran at this point. He went 1-for-3 with a single in Sunday's game, but made his biggest impression scoring from second on Daniel Murphy's base hit to rightfield. Beltran even slid at home -- the first time he had attempted to slide since arriving for spring training.

Collins later questioned the wisdom of sending him on the play, but Beltran appeared to survive it with no ill effects. He plans to be back in the lineup Tuesday for the Mets' split-squad game in Port St. Lucie.

“He just said, ’Hey look, I felt great yesterday. I want to work on some things in the cage, is it all right I don’t DH today,”’ Collins said after the Mets lost 2-1 to the Tigers. “I said absolutely.

“I said, ’Go do your stuff and we’ll see how you feel the following day and we’ll get you back in there,”’ Collins said.

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