The Mets are going to add an All-Star caliber outfielder before the trade deadline and it won’t cost them a thing.

Carlos Beltran is coming back for the stretch run. Beltran, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery in Port St. Luci, Fla., will play his first minor league rehab game tomorrow night.

“I was there [Monday] watching him work out and run. We talked it over and he will start his minor league rehab assignment in Port St. Lucie,” Mets general manager Minaya said before last night’s late game with the Tigers.


Beltran can spend up to 20 days in the minors. That puts him on target to rejoin the team around July 15 in San Francisco.

“I saw him run the bases. Talking to the staff that has been working with him this whole time, they felt that he has been coming along pretty good,”?Minaya said. “Based upon what I saw and based upon their recommendations, the next step was get him into game action and we’re excited about that.”

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