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Carlos Beltran In Cardinals Game 2 Lineup After Rib Injury In World Series Game 1 (VIDEO)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran leaps to catch a long fly ball hit by Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. | AP

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.

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.

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