JUPITER, Fla. Veteran Carlos Beltran has a theory for how to handle his nagging injuries as he enters his 16th year in the big leagues.
"I told my wife that I don't pay attention to my waist down," Beltran joked. "If something hurts, I ignore it and continue to move forward because it's part of baseball."
Beltran's first year with the Cardinals couldn't have gone much better a season ago. The right-fielder hit .269 and slugged 32 home runs and 97 RBI, helping him earn a selection to his seventh All-Star Game.
But the most important number or statistic from last season may have been his 151 games played, his most since 2008 and his second highest total since 2004. After dealing with injuries to both of his knees during his final years with the New York Mets, Beltran was able to avoid any serious issues in his first year in St. Louis.
"I think I did what I needed to do," Beltran said. "When it was time to take a break I did that and we were smart about it and when it was time to ...