Carlos Beltran was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.
Rookie Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field. Both players are more comfortable at those spots.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Matt Cain in his first NLCS at-bat after subbing for Beltran in Game 3, helping the Cardinals take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Manager Mike Matheny says tests showed no significant injury but that Beltran is sore. But Matheny said the 35-year-old Beltran would be available to pinch hit.
''It wasn't one particular spot that seemed to be bothering him,'' Matheny said. ''It just kind of grabbed him yesterday.''
Beltran has had minor knee issues throughout the year but played 151 games. He led the Cardinals with a .400 average ...