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Sports Doc: Beltran Should Be Able To Play

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Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on after striking out against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on after striking out against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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BOSTON, Mass. (KMOX) - Cardinal Nation collectively cringed Wednesday night when Carlos Beltran left game 1 of the World Series with bruised ribs. He crashed into the bullpen fence to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning.

The play turned a homer into a sacrificed fly ball, but did it cost the right fielder the rest of the series?

Sports medicine doctor Rick Lehman told KMOX late Wednesday that Beltran should be good to go.

“His CT scan was negative and his X-ray was negative meaning its a soft tissue injury,” said Lehaman. “Theoretically with injections and taping he should be able to play.”

Lehman said a big mistake managers and coaches frequently make is give injured players time off.

“What you don’t want to do is sit him game 2, sit him game 3 and then all of a sudden expect that he’s going to come out in game 4 and be able to play.”

A Cardinals spokesman said after the game that Beltran returned to the ballpark but would not be available for comment.

Beltran is in the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career. The eight-time All-Star batted .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in the regular season.

He entered hitting .337 with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 45 career postseason games. He also had scored 44 runs, stolen 11 bases and compiled a .724 slugging percentage.

Beltran had 12 RBIs in the NL playoffs this year. He struck out in his only at-bat Wednesday night.

If the Cardinals replace Beltran on the roster a likely substitute would be outfielder Adron Chambers.

Game 2 is Thursday night in Boston.

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