Inside Pitch: Beltran undergoes MRI

Carlos Beltran pinch-hit Friday.

Carlos Beltran was not in the starting lineup Friday night, and wasn't expected to play until team physicians were able to interpret the results of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam earlier in the day.

Manager Willie Randolph said Beltran underwent the exam "for his own peace of mind," but seemingly felt confident enough to appear in Friday's game as a pinch hitter in last night's 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Beltran was initially injured last Saturday in a near collision at first base against Milwaukee, and didn't play until Thursday, when he singled in two at-bats before leaving the game in the fifth saying he didn't believe he could turn it on running the bases.

"What I was thinking about (running to first on his single), was what I would do if the ball gets hit into the gap," Beltran said.

Beltran was visibly discouraged after Thursday's game, and all indications were he wouldn't play at all last night. However, he batted for reliever Darren Oliver and was robbed of a go-ahead RBI single when second baseman Josh Barfield made a diving stop of his hard grounder and easily through him out at first.

REPLAY: The sluggish Mets' offense continued to struggle, getting just seven hits in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres in 14 innings Friday night. It was the third game this week in which the Mets scored one run.

The Mets' lone run came on Carlos Delgado's seventh homer in the fourth inning, the 376th of his career.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • INF Julio Franco has been asked to donate either the bat he used, or the ball he hit, to the Hall of Fame when he became the oldest player, at 47, to homer in a major league game.
  • Manager Willie Randolph said 2B Kaz Matsui hasn't progressed defensively as he would have hoped, saying he looks too robotic.
  • RHP Pedro Martinez (3-0, 3.66) will make his fourth start of the season Saturday night against San Diego. Martinez is 8-3 with a 3.16 ERA lifetime against the Padres.
  • 1B Carlos Delgado's homer Friday was the 376th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk for 58th place on the all-time list.
  • RHP Duaner Sanchez has pitched 12 scoreless innings in eight appearances to start the season.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- The number of times the Mets have been caught stealing (both by SS Jose Reyes) through the first 15 games.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "(Lastings) Milledge could give us energy and he hits the fastball, but they don't just throw the fastball up here." -- Mets manager Willie Randolph on bringing up Milledge in the wake of CF Carlos Beltran's hamstring problems.

    ROSTER REPORT

    MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Pedro Martinez's sore right big toe is the key to the season. If he's ineffective, the Mets can kiss their season goodbye.

    RHP Juan Padilla is lost for the year with elbow surgery.

    2B Anderson Hernandez is on the 15-day disabled list due to a bulging disc in his back.

    CF Carlos Beltran is day-to-day with hamstring tightness. He will have an MRI on Friday.

    2B Kaz Matsui, who opened the season on the disabled list with a knee injury, has been activated.

    Player Stats

    LINEUP
    
    1. Jose Reyes, SS
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     6     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .138    29     4     4     1     0     0     0     3
    Season            .250    72    15    18     4     2     1     8     6
    
    2. Paul Lo Duca, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .167     6     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .267    30     3     8     2     0     0     2     1
    Season            .302    53     7    16     4     0     0     4     1
    
    3. Carlos Delgado, 1B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .333     6     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    Last 7 Games      .286    28     5     8     0     0     4     8     0
    Season            .338    65    12    22     2     0     7    17     0
    
    4. David Wright, 3B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 7 Games      .167    24     3     4     2     0     0     1     2
    Season            .322    59    10    19     4     2     3    13     3
    
    5. Cliff Floyd, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .333     6     0     2     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 7 Games      .259    27     2     7     2     0     1     4     1
    Season            .222    45     4    10     3     0     1     5     2
    
    6. Xavier Nady, RF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .320    25     4     8     1     0     2     5     0
    Season            .339    59    10    20     5     0     4     8     0
    
    7. Kazuo Matsui, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .200     5     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 2 Games      .222     9     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    Season            .222     9     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
    
    8. Endy Chavez, CF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .200     5     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .105    19     2     2     0     0     0     1     0
    Season            .143    21     3     3     1     0     0     1     0
    
    9. Brian Bannister, P
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 4 Games      .286     7     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
    Season            .286     7     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
    
    
    OTHER ROSTER PLAYERS
    
    Carlos Beltran, CF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .368    19     6     7     1     0     2     4     0
    Season            .278    36    13    10     1     0     3     9     2
    
    Ramon Castro, C
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .333     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      .300    10     1     3     2     0     0     1     0
    Season            .300    10     1     3     2     0     0     1     0
    
    Victor Diaz, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .500     2     0     1     1     0     0     2     0
    Last 5 Games      .200    10     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
    Season            .200    10     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
    
    Julio Franco, 
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .167     6     1     1     0     0     1     2     0
    Season            .250     8     1     2     0     0     1     2     0
    
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .136    22     1     3     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .146    41     1     6     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Jose Valentin, LF
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    Last 7 Games      .083    12     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    Season            .059    17     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
    
    Chris Woodward, 2B
                        BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
    Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
    Last 4 Games      .308    13     1     4     0     0     1     5     0
    Season            .308    13     1     4     0     0     1     5     0
    
    
    PITCHERS
    
    Brian Bannister, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         1.80     0     0     0     1     5     4     1     0     6     4
    Last 3 Games      1.59     2     0     0     3    17    13     3     1    11     9
    Season            2.35     2     0     0     4    23    15     6     2    15    13
    
    Chad Bradford, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         5.39     0     1     0     1   1.2     2     1     0     0     4
    Last 3 Games      4.50     0     1     0     3     2     3     1     0     0     4
    Season            1.69     0     1     0     7   5.1     5     1     0     0     8
    
    Pedro Feliciano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.1     1     0     0     0     0
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3   3.2     4     0     0     1     2
    Season            0.00     0     0     0     3   3.2     4     0     0     1     2
    
    Tom Glavine, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         1.13     0     1     0     1     8     4     1     1     0     5
    Last 3 Games      1.35     1     1     0     3    20    15     3     1     3    21
    Season            1.38     2     1     0     4    26    21     4     1     6    26
    
    Aaron Heilman, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     0     0     0     0     3
    Season            2.70     0     0     0     9    10    10     3     0     3     8
    
    Jorge Julio, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     2
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     1     0     0     0     5
    Season           10.79     0     1     0     7   6.2    12     8     3     2    11
    
    Pedro Martinez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         4.05     1     0     0     1   6.2     6     3     1     2     8
    Last 3 Games      3.66     3     0     0     3  19.2    13     8     3     8    17
    Season            3.66     3     0     0     3  19.2    13     8     3     8    17
    
    Darren Oliver, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     2     0     0     0     1
    Last 3 Games      7.36     0     0     0     3   3.2     6     3     2     0     4
    Season            4.05     0     0     0     5   6.2     6     3     2     0     8
    
    Duaner Sanchez, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     2     2     0     0     1     1
    Last 3 Games      0.00     1     0     0     3     4     2     0     0     1     3
    Season            0.00     1     0     0     8    12     4     0     0     5    11
    
    Steve Trachsel, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         3.00     0     0     0     1     6     6     2     0     2     3
    Last 3 Games      3.71     1     1     0     3    17    18     7     1     4    13
    Season            3.71     1     1     0     3    17    18     7     1     4    13
    
    Billy Wagner, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     2     0     0     0     1     3
    Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     2     3     4     0     0     0     1     6
    Season            1.00     1     0     4     8     9     3     1     1     5     8
    
    Victor Zambrano, P
                       ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
    Last Game        12.60     0     1     0     1     5     7     7     3     2     4
    Last 2 Games      9.00     1     1     0     2    10    13    10     3     6     7
    Season            9.00     1     1     0     2    10    13    10     3     6     7
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