BOSTON — Carlos Beltran's injured ribs won't keep him out of Game 2 of the World Series.
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.
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