Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported on his Twitter Page that Carlos Beltran had osteoarthritis in right knee and had surgery on that knee today. According to Sherman, Beltran had this surgery with out the permission of the team. Although, he does mention that there are conflicting reports. According to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, it will take 12 weeks before Beltran can return to baseball activities. It was reported last year that Beltran may require surgery, but now, as he began pre-season training, the pain began to show up again. According to Burkhardt, Beltran had this surgery done in Colorado by Dr. Richard Stedman, not Dr. David Alchuck, the Mets team doctor.
If it is true that Beltran went without Met permission, then this could cause a HUGE disaster internally.
This leads to the question: does Pagan or F-Mart get the right to play center field?
I think that will go all go down to Spring Training. Martinez will have to prove what he can do, but I think Pagan will win the job. He showed what he can do last year and I think he could really be a good player if he gets his head straight.
I believe Martinez is still trade bait for the Mets and they don’t want to play him at the major league level, at the risk of losing value.
Chances are Beltran won’t be back until May or June and until then, do you see an Angel in the Outfield or will you be seeing F-Mart drop F-Bombs in Citi Field?
Posted by Matt Grasso