Beltran back in action, starts in right field for P.R.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals star Carlos Beltran, who has been nursing a bruised right toe, was back in the lineup, starting in right field Tuesday night for Team Puerto Rico.

"I asked him if he wanted to DH but he said he wanted to play right field," said Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez. "He's been running the bases, he's been doing everything. He's ready to go."

That's good news for Puerto Rico, which only has four outfielders on its roster now that Andres Torres pulled out because of an injury.

Beltran played the first six innings of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

"He looked 100 percent," Rodriguez said after the game. "He felt a little bit sore but he's fine."

Beltran, 35, batted .269 with 32 home runs and 97 RBIs in 151 games for the Cardinals last year. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.