Mets' CF Beltran scratched from lineup

Oct 3, 2009 - 5:25 PM NEW YORK(AP) -- All-Stars Carlos Beltran and David Wright were out of the New York Mets' starting lineup Saturday with only two games left in the season.

Beltran was scratched and manager Jerry Manuel decided to give Wright some rest. New York didn't immediately announce a reason for Beltran's removal from the lineup against the Houston Astros.

Wright sustained a concussion when he was hit in the head by a pitch from San Francisco's Matt Cain on Aug. 15 and returned to the lineup Sept. 1. He had three hits in Friday night's 7-1 victory over the Astros, and Manuel wants to make sure he finishes the season on a positive note.

"I just want to give him a little break," Manuel said. "I like what he's doing. It seems like he's overcoming some of the phobias that he had before and I'd just like to keep that going."

Manuel said he expects Wright to play in the season finale Sunday.

Beltran missed 2 1/2 months of the season with a bone bruise on his right knee and has been eased back into the lineup since he returned Sept. 8. He went 0 for 4 in the series opener Friday night.

Angel Pagan moved from left field to center and Cory Sullivan was inserted in left with Beltran out. Daniel Murphy moved up one spot to third in the lineup and Jeff Francoeur was batting cleanup. Fernando Tatis subbed for Wright at third.

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