Beltran still down …
Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tight right hamstring as manager Willie Randolph opted not to rush his center fielder on a brisk night.
“He’s still a little sore,” Randolph said. “We don’t want to push and rush him. Hamstrings are very mysterious injuries.”
He got that right. Better miss a game now than to aggravate things and be out a week or longer.
Endy Chavez replaced Beltran in center and Carlos Delgado took his place in the batting order – and crushed a two-run homer off Jorge Sosa in the third.
Feliciano up; Diaz down …
I told you to look out for this last week and it happened tonight: outfielder Victor Diaz was optioned to Class AAA Norfolk and replaced by lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano.
With 20 games in 21 days, Randolph said the Mets need the arm more, and Diaz really does need the playing time. If he is to be valuable in the second half, he’s better off getting minor league at-bats now rather than major league bench time now.
Game update …
Mets lead, 4-2, in the fifth.
Xavier Nady and Delgado continue to mash. Each homered in support of Pedro Martinez, who is looking all right as he goes for his 200th career win.
Nady is really playing well on both sides of the ball. Just ended the inning with a diving catch.