The St. Louis Cardinals veteran right fielder, injured Wednesday night in Game 1 when he reached over the Fenway Park wall and pulled back a David Ortiz grand slam, will be in the lineup on Thursday night. He'll bat second like he did in Game 1.
After leaving the game in the third inning, Beltran went to a Boston hospital for X-rays and a CT scan. They were negative and he was ruled day-to-day. In the hours before the game Thursday, manager Mike Matheny said Beltran's status would be determined by how he felt after a batting cage session.
"First you have to get medical clearance and it's seems like things are leaning in that direction," Matheny said. "But a lot of it is going to be how much he can tolerate, and if it starts to affect the way he can do his job. And if it gets in the way, then we're not going to be able to play him. We're going to find out when he gets in the cage and gets some swings."
Without Beltran, the Cardinals would have been forced to play both Shane Robinson and Jon Jay in the outfield, who have been splitting time in center field in recent playoff games.
Beltran is one of the main stars of the World Series, since this is his first trip to the Fall Classic in his 16-year career. Not only that, but Beltran leads all players in this postseason with 12 RBIs, so he'll be important to a Cardinals team that lost 8-1 in Game 1.
A few other pregame notes:
• Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals. Pete Kozma had a tough night at short in Game 1, including that costly error. Descalso has split time with Kozma at short this season. He started Game 4 of the NLCS and Games 2 and 3 of the NLDS.
• The Cardinals have announced Joe Kelly as their Game 3 starting pitcher. He started twice in the NLCS for St. Louis, which won one of the games.
• Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, rumored to be injured, will start Sunday's Game 4. Jake Peavy will then start Game 3.
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