Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mets Morning News: Beltran To DH, Carter Update, & K-Rod

Carlos Beltran will be the National League's designated hitter for tonight's All-Star Game in Phoenix. He will bat second in the lineup.
"It is special," Beltran said. "I see this as a gift from God after everything I went through last year, through the rehab and trying to get back to the field. Thank God I was able to put a good first half together and being rewarded by being here at the All-Star Game. It's a great feeling."
According to ESPN New York, Gary Carter is feeling better following a case of walking pneumonia, as well as coughing and cramping hands. In a journal entry, Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, writes:
"I am happy to report that my dad has had a great week! Aside from some fatigue, dad is doing very well!!! We are thankful that his hair loss is the only side effect right now. His mind has been sharp and everything else is functioning as it should. It has been refreshing to have "dad be dad" this week. We focus on the praises and the prayers that have already been answered....
Bloemers also shared that Carter plans to continue as head coach of Palm Beach Atlantic University's baseball team.
"A committee has met at school and interviewed different candidates for the new position that is now open, the associate head baseball coach. We are praying for the perfect fit and so far we have some highly qualified coaches who want to be a big part of dad's program. Dad has been involved in the hiring process and each interview. We should have someone hired very soon."
Mets GM Sandy Alderson isn't bothered by the fact that Francisco Rodriguez has taken on Scott Boras as his new agent, and he doesn't know how the hiring will affect his ability to possibly trade K-Rod.
"It can create some complexity, but in other cases, it doesn't make it any more complicated," Alderson said. "We'll have to see how this plays out."

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