ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was out of
the starting lineup on Thursday, battling what manager Mike
Matheny called a stomach virus.
Matheny said Beltran made a trip to the emergency room on
Wednesday night after returning home from St. Louis'
1-0 win over the White Sox. Matheny didn't think
Beltran spent the night in the hospital, but Beltran made
the trip because his condition had worsened as the night
Beltran was almost scratched from the lineup just minutes
before Wednesday's game. He was not feeling well prior
to the game but had asked Matheny to wait until game time
to see if he felt any better. Beltran was ultimately a
catalyst in the game he almost missed, driving in the only
run of the contest with his 19th homer of the year and
making a difficult diving catch in right field in the sixth
Matheny said Beltran battling through the virus to help his
team win was a great lesson for some of the Cardinals'
"I made my way down the bench after [Beltran] made
that catch and he'd already given us the one-run
lead," Matheny said. "I said, 'I want you
guys to realize that this guy was so sick we could hardly
get him off the table. He begged me to wait an hour to see
if he'd feel better and said that he had to play. I
love that, and to see them shaking their heads a bit,
because that's just a great message."
Matheny said Beltran was still feeling weak on Thursday but
could possibly be available to pinch-hit. Matheny added
that Beltran's virus is likely contagious, but he
didn't consider it necessary to keep Beltran away from
his teammates in fear of passing it on.
"That's just part of the gig," Matheny said.
"We're somewhat of a family here, too. You just
kind of go through those things."
Mike Still is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story
was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or