The Mets welcome Carlos Beltran back to the lineup tonight after a lengthy stint and rehab assignment following knee surgery.
Beltran appeared in 14 rehab games for Single-A St. Lucie. He said he’s pain free, but that’s not to say he’s rust free.
“I think I swung the bat well, but at the big league level it’s a different story,’’ Beltran said. “I do feel like I need to make adjustments. It will take me time. I don’t expect to come here and rake. I just expect to come here and like I say, do my part. Being able to contribute any way I can, and I believe in that.’’
Beltran hit .325 with 10 homers and 48 RBI in 81 games last year.
The odd man out it figures in Beltran’s return will be Jeff Francoeur.
In comparison, Angel Pagan simply has had a better season than Francoeur. In 298 at-bats, Pagan is hitting .315 with a .372 on-base percentage, six homers and 40 RBI. In five less at-bats, Francoeur is batting .253 with a .302 on-base percentage, eight homers and 42 RBI.
“You’re not going to see me sulking. I’ll be ready to play,’’ Francoeur said.