Carlos Beltran and Jake Westbrook limped to the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse moments apart Thursday, which made manager Mike Matheny glad it was still only February.
Beltran bruised the little toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the Cardinals' 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Westbrook bruised his left leg below the knee on a grounder hit by Casey Kotchman in the second inning.
Beltran's X-rays were negative, but he said the injury was painful, and he was unsure whether it would affect his plans to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Westbrook didn't undergo X-rays.
Beltran scored after being hit then left the game.
''It hurt running around the bases,'' he said. ''I tried to stay. I tried not to think about it. I tried to run around the bases, but it really got sore.''
Westbrook, pitching in his first game, departed after a long visit at the mound from Matheny and a team trainer.
''I told them I could have kept pitching,...