Mets’ front office contradicts manager on Beltran’s readiness, says outfielder not ready to play

Despite comments from Mets manager Jerry Manuel that outfiielder Carlos Beltran (knee) could be ready to serve as the team’s DH as soon as next weekend at Yankee Stadium, assistant general manager John Ricco told the New York Daily News that Beltran won’t be brought along that quickly.

Manuel’s comments came after hearing that Beltran homered and played center field Friday for the first time in an extended spring training game. Beltran still isn’t running at full speed and isn’t ready for a rehab assignment.

Despite comments from Mets manager Jerry Manuel that outfiielder Carlos Beltran (knee) could be ready to serve as the team’s DH as soon as next weekend at Yankee Stadium, assistant general manager John Ricco told the New York Daily News that Beltran won’t be brought along that quickly.

Manuel’s comments came after hearing that Beltran homered and played center field Friday for the first time in an extended spring training game. Beltran still isn’t running at full speed and isn’t ready for a rehab assignment.

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