Three hours before the first pitch was thrown in Game 2 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals were still unsure if they would have one of the most important pieces in their lineup.
Carlos Beltran still had to be cleared by doctors and, after that, manager Mike Matheny would evaluate how he was swinging in batting practice.
“I think, obviously, we don’t know what’s going on with Carlos right now,” said Shane Robinson, who replaced Beltran in right field in Game 1 after Beltran suffered a rib contusion from crashing into the short fence, robbing David Ortiz of a home run.
Ultimately, Beltran was back in right field and hitting in the two-hole for the Cardinals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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