Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran reported no setbacks in his second minor league rehab game Thursday night at Brooklyn.
Beltran fielded three balls and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Beltran, on the disabled list with a bruised right knee, hopes to return this season, even though his presence will do nothing to help the Mets in the standings.
“I feel good,’’ Beltran said. “I didn’t feel anything. It was just good to be out there.
“It’s been a long time that I wasn’t able to play in the outfield. So today was a very good day for me. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, see how I wake up tomorrow. I probably will feel a little bit sore – not my knee, my body.’’
Beltran anticipates playing the remaining three games in Brooklyn’s season, then it is possible he’ll rejoin the Mets.
Beltran is pleased because he’s not favoring the knee.
“I don’t have urgency,’’ Beltran said. “I just want to be back. I’m just doing everything I have to do to rehab myself and be with the team. I just love to play baseball. If I’m good to play, then I’ll be there.’’
The only reason for Beltran to play again this season is if he feels it for his own peace of mind. It’s a long time between now and spring training.