The Mets GM headed down to Port St. Lucie on Monday and watched Carlos Beltran do whatever it is than Beltran is doing down there -- and caught up with Beltran and Minaya following the center fielder's workout.

Beltran says he's ready to take the next step, which would be a minor-league rehab assignment of 21 days or so. Beltran is wearing a bulky brace on his knee, which is causing him to not be able to run as smoothly as he had in the past.

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Minaya said he was pleased by what he saw. We'll see where that takes Beltran next, and how soon he gets there.