I can’t believe there are some media types out there taking Chip Hale to task for sending Carlos Beltran yesterday with 2 outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, on a Daniel Murphy single to right. This past December, Beltran told a group of Mets bloggers that he feels great, that his knee felt good and that he has been doing a lot of running.
Beltran made his spring debut yesterday, as a DH not a right fielder, on his first at bat got a base hit to right showing a beautiful hitting stroke. With two outs, Daniel Murphy hit a single and Hale never hesitated in sending Beltran, who was rumbling and stumbling around third and headed home, slid under the catcher tag to score a run. Now the debate has started should Hale have sent Beltran? Yeah why not?
For what we know, Beltran is not injured nor is he coming off any post season surgeries. His last surgery was over a year ago and he returned back to action in July, playing the last 64 games of the season, the last 20 of them like the Carlos Beltran of old. Now you can make the argument that he hasn’t played a full season in two years but if we are going to hold our breath every time Beltran goes from 1st to 3rd or 2nd to home hoping he doesn’t blow out a knee, then the Mets are in a lot of trouble.
Again Beltran has stated he’s fine, he must play with a knee brace on but if he proclaims himself fit to play then why hold him back? Terry Collins it seems was a bit upset that Hale sent Beltran and said he should have made it known before the game to go slow with Carlos, maybe this is the first misstep by the manager. Don’t blame Chip Hale he was just doing what he does best, coaching the hell out of 3rd base.