In early March, Carlos Beltran was forced to miss one of the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training games after he’d been hit by a pitch earlier that week, taking a ball off his toe. Beltran was set to leave the Cardinals to join Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic and there wasn’t much said about the injury concern at the time. It didn’t appear to be anything serious.
It would seem, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, that Beltran has been playing with a hairline fracture in his pinkie toe ever since.
I can deal with what I feel. The doctor said it’s not going to get worse, so I just have to go day to day and see how I feel.
Beltran was in the Cardinals lineup for Opening Day and isn’t expected to miss much time, but there’s no way to tell how much things will linger into the season and if that will have any effect on Beltran’s play. Beltran will be 36 later this month and is in the final year of his current contract, meaning he’ll want to remain healthy and production this season in order to obtain one last multi year contract on the free agent market. He hit .269/.346/.495 with 32 HR and 97 RBI last season for the Cardinals, but the team already appears certain to hand their right field job to Oscar Taveras next winter rather than being the ones who end up signing Beltran.