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MLB Injury News:
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran made an early
exit from last night’s spring training contests against the Miami Marlins after
being hit on the right foot by a pitch. Beltran has since been diagnosed with a
right toe bruise, and the veteran is considered day-to-day by the Cardinals.
Injury report: Carlos Beltrán suffered a right toe bruise from getting hit by a pitch. X-rays returned negative. Status is day-to-day.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 28, 2013
While the injury sounds minor enough, Beltran told
reporters, including Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, that he was in real pain
following the HBP.
"I tried not to think about it, and tried to run
regular around the bases, but then it got sore," Beltran said, before
adding, "It's painful. It's painful."
Beltran was scheduled to leave Saturday to join Puerto Rico
for the World Baseball Classic. While he hasn’t been ruled out, he did admit
that last night’s injury could put his status for the WBC in jeopardy.
Beltran signed with the Cardinals last offseason. In his
first year with the club, the veteran slugger hit .269/.346/.495 with 26 doubles
and 32 home runs over 619 plate appearances. The 35-year-old owns a career
batting line of .282/.360/.496.
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