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Carlos Beltran exits early for Astros

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) scores a run in the second inning of the MLB game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros on August 22, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
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Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran left his team’s game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon after being hit by a pitch in the right foot. Beltran had been 0-for-2 at the plate before prematurely departing against the rival Rangers.

“Father Time” finally appears to have caught up with Beltran this season.

The 40-year-old currently owns a slash line of .234/.287/.396 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs over 453 plate appearances. The batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are all single-season career-low marks for the Puerto Rican slugger.

This is Beltran’s second stint with the Astros. Back in 2004, the Kansas City Royals traded Beltran to Houston midway through the season, and in 90 games for the Astros, Beltran slashed .258/.368/.559 with 23 home runs and 53 RBIs. However, that offseason, Beltran signed with the New York Mets as a free agent, much to the chagrin of Houston fans. He had a strong 2016 campaign between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, slashing .295/.337/.513 while connecting with 29 long balls and driving in 93 runs. He made the All-Star team as a result.

Overall, Beltran has made nine All-Star teams and has played for seven different ball clubs overall. In addition to playing for the Astros, Royals, Mets, Yankees and Rangers, Beltran also spent time with the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

Should Beltran miss time, Houston has reinforcements on the way, as it just completed a deal with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire outfielder Cameron Maybin. The Astros are currently 79-53 and have the American League West division all but locked up.



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