Morning, Mets fans -- the Giants are in town for three games, the Mets are trudging home after another lousy road trip and Carlos Beltran's return could be a long, long way off.

All topics worth reading about in the links.


-- Dave Lennon gives you a scary scenario in his weekly Insider: Carlos Beltran may end up needing microfracture surgery to rid himself of the bone bruises in his right knee that have kept Beltran out since last season. Beltran began baseball activities within the last few weeks, but he still can't run, which means his return to the Mets is not close.

-- Neil Best stops by the baseball scene with a report on dwindling attendance at Citi Field -- the most dwindling attendance of any park in the bigs. The Mets still average 31,246 fans a game, in the top half of all major-league teams, but there is a big drop-off.

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-- And here's Lennon on what Jerry Manuel should do with the oft-debated batting order: Move Jose Reyes back to leadoff, drop Angel Pagan to the No. 3 hole and flop David Wright and Jason Bay. Sounds pretty reasonable.

We'll have some more on the Giants in a bit.