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Beltran's status for Game 2 is uncertain

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  October 24, 2013 01:35 AM

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By Julian Benbow, Globe staff

Carlos Beltran's status for Game 2 is uncertain. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in the middle of the Cardinals 8-1 World Series Game 1 loss the Red Sox, after crashing into the short fence in right field, robbing a David Ortiz home run.

X-rays and CT scans were negative, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.

“I hate speculating,” Mozeliak said. “Obviously, we'll see how he looks tomorrow and at point, I probably can add more color to it. But at this point, hopefully he can play tomorrow.”

The play saved what would have been Ortiz's second grand slam of the postseason, turning it into a sacrifice fly that plated David Ross.

“I was thinking it was a great play,” Molina said. “I never thought that he was going to be hurt on the play. When we got the three outs, we got back to the dugout, I got the news that Carlos was hurt. It's sad. It's too bad.”

In his 16 years in the league, Beltran had never reached the World Series. His first taste of the Fall Classic lasted just two innings. He did return to the ballpark to speak with team trainers.

“It's tough,” Molina said. “It's tough when you see a guy like that wait for so long for a game to go down in the second inning. It's too bad. Too bad."

• In his first action since September, Allen Craig went 1 for 4 with a single in the fourth inning and said even though he let some good pitches get by him, he felt good overall.

"I thought I saw the ball pretty well today,” Craig said. “I definitely missed some pitches to hit. Lester pitched really tough today. He did a good job not leaving too many balls over the plate. Obviously, he's tough.

He had a pair of six-pitch battles with Lester. In the first one, he managed to shoot one of Lester’s cutters through the left side of the infield.

In the second one, he got caught staring at the same pitch for strike three

“I felt pretty good,” Craig said. “I felt maybe I missed a few pitches that I fouled off, but who's to say I wouldn't have missed those pitches two-and-a-half months ago. I felt good in the box and saw the ball decent. So just build from that.”

• Matheny used five relievers to finish out the final three innings, looking to get his young arms in the bullpen acclimated to the World Series environment.

It was only two months ago that 21-year-old Carlos Martinez was in Triple A Memphis, blowing his 98-mile-per-hour fastball by the New Orleans Zephyrs.

He faced four batters in the eighth inning.

Matheny split the seventh inning three ways, using veteran lefty Randy Choate to get Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out, giving his 25-year-old righty Seth Maness a crack at Shane Victorino (lined out) and Dustin Pedroia (reached on an error), and throwing his 23-year-old lefty Kevin Siegrist at David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.

Siegrest gave up a two-run blast to Ortiz.

“I think it's important for them to be out there,” Matheny said. “It's been a long wait, too; we've had quite a few days off, too. It was good to get them out to feel a World Series mound and feel the energy. So next time we get them out there, it's hopefully in a different situation and they'll feel a little more comfortable.”

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