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to the right fielder being replaced by Jason Pridie in the top of the seventh. Beltran said he first felt a twinge in the second inning but remained in the game until trainer Ray Ramirez informed Collins.
"I'm good," Beltran said. "That happened in my second at-bat. I took two more after that. I let Ray know it was tight but it's fine. Terry decided to take me out of the game but I feel good."
Beltran said, "Of course," when asked if he'll be able to play Monday night in the series opener against the Pirates. Then added that all this is much ado about nothing.
"I felt something in my hamstring," Beltran said. "I could have played the game, I could have finished the game without a problem. It wasn't my decision to take myself out of the game. It was Terry's decision."
Johan Santana could begin throwing batting practice within two weeks, according to Collins.
Santana has been throwing off the mound in Port St. Lucie for more than a week. Collins said Santana, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, remains "on schedule" in his rehab. The Mets are hopeful Santana will join the team by the All-Star break.