Carlos Beltran is back in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup. A night after a rib-rattling collsion with the outfield wall at Fenway Park sent him to the hospital, Beltran will be batting second and playing right field for the National League champions.
Game 2 WS at BOS (10/24): Carpenter, 2b; Beltrán, rf; Holliday, lf; Adams, 1b; Molina, c; Craig, dh; Freese, 3b; Jay, cf; Descalso, ss.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 24, 2013
In the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career, the 36-year-old lasted just two innings of Game 1 at Fenway Park. Of course, he managed to make a catch for the ages in that brief appearance. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz lifted a ball deep to right-center field. Beltran tracked back toward the wall separating the home bullpen from the outfield. With preternatural timing, the three-time Gold Glove Award-winner snagged Ortiz's ball before it could touch down for a grand slam.
Unfortunately, Beltran crashed into the chest-high wall as he made the sensational snag. He would not return for the third inning and would be taken to a local hospital with a rib injury.
"[He] went in to have X‑rays done and CT scan here locally, and everything came back negative," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the Cardinals lost 8-1 in Game 1 on Wednesday night. "He's going to be day‑to‑day."
A day later, Beltran was back and the Cardinals hopes of getting even were certainly bolstered.