St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran left Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night after banging into the bullpen fence in right field at Fenway Park. Beltran robbed Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning, turning the deep fly ball into a sacrifice fly.
Beltran left the game in the third inning and appeared to be in serious pain. He went to a local hospital to undergo tests. X-rays on his injured ribs came back negative, which means he likely escaped a serious injury. He will be considered day-to-day and his availability for Game 2 on Thursday night is uncertain right now.
The 36-year-old outfielder went back against the low wall in right at Fenway, which is only about five-and-a-half feet tall. He caught Ortiz’s deep fly as he reached over the fence. It appeared he actually hit the fence before making the catch, which made the play even more impressive.
Beltran’s heroics didn’t mean much, the sacrifice fly gave the Red Sox a 5-0 lead, an...