Beltran might appear shocked in the photo above, but what's even more shocking to hear is that the procedure was done without the Mets' permission.
In a press release from earlier tonight, the Mets made the following announcement:
"Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran had worsening of osteoarthritis of the right knee during the offseason. He had not been experiencing pain following the conclusion of the season and into his early offseason conditioning. The symptoms returned to the point where pre-spring training conditioning became too painful.
He elected to undergo arthroscopic clean out of the arthritic area of his knee by Beltran's personal physician Dr. Richard Steadman today in Colorado. He is anticipated to return to baseball activities in 12 weeks."
The Mets will be playing their first week of regular season games in 12 weeks. Clearly, after Beltran resumes baseball activities, he will need to take part in an extended spring training program to test his knee. This would push his return back to May.
It appears that the Mets will be relying on Angel Pagan to repeat his breakthrough season from 2009 for at least the first month of the upcoming season.
On a happier note, Jason Bay was relieved to hear that his new outfield mate Beltran would be able to resume baseball activities in 12 weeks. After all, with the metric system in Bay's native Canada, had the injury occurred there, Beltran would have been out for 16 weeks. Then again, if last year repeats itself in 2010, 16 weeks might be a conservative number.
Get well soon, Carlos! We hope to see you in good health when you take the field for the Mets in 2010!