Beltran leaves game with injury

Beltran leaves game with injury

MIAMI -- Center fielder Carlos Beltran left Friday's game against Florida in the bottom of the fifth inning with a bruised patella tendon in his left knee, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

"He's going to ice down tonight. He just got banged up a little bit, but he should be OK," manager Willie Randolph said.

Beltran planted awkwardly near the warning track while lunging for a deep fly ball hit by Jeremy Hermida. As the ball hopped over the fence for a ground-rule double, Beltran spun along the wall and fell to the ground. He was tended to by a trainer before limping off the field. Endy Chavez replaced him in center field.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Randolph said. "If he's real sore and can't go, we'll give him a day, but it's probably just day-to-day stuff."

Beltran, who was not available for comment after the game, hit a two-run single earlier in the contest to bring his RBI count to 105.

Tom Keller is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.