NEW YORK (AP) – Carlos Beltran has left the New York Mets’ game against Milwaukee with discomfort in his right knee, the same one he had surgery on last offseason.
The All-Star center fielder was removed in the sixth inning Tuesday night. He struck out in the first and reached on an error in the fourth.
Jesus Feliciano moved from right field to center, and left fielder Nick Evans shifted to right. Lucas Duda was inserted in left field and batted in Beltran’s No. 3 spot.
Beltran missed the first half of the season recovering from surgery in January to clean out the arthritic area of his right knee. He began the day batting .257 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 218 at-bats.
The switch-hitter has one season remaining on the $119 million, seven-year contract he signed with the Mets before 2005. He hit two homers and made a diving catch in his previous game, a 7-3 victory Sunday in Philadelphia.