Carlos Beltran injury: Cardinals OF to play through toe fracture

Chris Trotman

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran will play through his fractured toe.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran will start the season on the team's active roster, as the veteran will play through his fractured toe, according to Rick Hummel of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Beltran played through the injury -- a hairline fracture in the little toe of his right foot -- during the World Baseball Classic. Following the tournament, he took some time off before declaring himself ready for Opening Day.

While the injury continues ailing him, Beltran told reporters that he "can deal" with what he currently feels. Doctors have told him that the injury is not going to get worse if he plays on it, so he'll "just have to go day to day and see how I feel."

Beltran is in the team's lineup tonight for their opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He's set to man right field and hit fifth for St. Louis.

Over 547 plate appearances last season, Beltran hit .269/.346/.495 with 26 doubles and 32 home runs. The 35-year-old owns a career batting line of .282/.360/.496 over 15 years in the majors, and he's in the second season of the two-year, $26 million contract he signed with the Cards prior to last offseason.

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