Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran told the New York Daily News that his surgically repaired knee is improving, but added that the real test will come when he begins baseball-related activity.
Beltran won’t start running until April and won’t do full-time baseball activities until mid-April; therefore, the newspaper speculated, the center fielder won’t return to the Mets’ lineup until at least early May.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported manager Jerry Manuel asked right fielder Jeff Francoeur to steal more bases last season when he was acquired from the Braves. Francoeur, however, said he didn’t know how because stealing wasn’t a big part of Atlanta’s offensive strategy. In five seasons, he has 15 steals. Manuel wants Francoeur to do more running this season.