Beltran doesn't need surgery on right knee

Beltran doesn't need surgery on knee

MILWAUKEE -- Colorado-based knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman agreed with the initial diagnosis by Mets team doctors on Carlos Beltran's right knee Monday, and Beltran will continue to rest the knee until being re-evaluated by team doctors at a later date.

"The diagnosis pretty much concurred with what we heard from our guys, which was a bruise in the knee, and the recommendation is that he rest that knee until it's pain-free and then he can proceed from there," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said. "He's going to have a few days here of inactivity and be re-evaluated by our guys."

Beltran went on the 15-day disabled list with bone bruises under his right kneecap on June 22.

Ricco said both sets of doctors agreed that no surgery is needed, and rest should be enough to heal the knee. He also said no decision has been made regarding when team doctors will look at Beltran's knee, but said it should be within the week.

Once Beltran returns from Steadman's office in Colorado, he is expected to remain in New York until he is either activated from the disabled list or sent somewhere for rehab games.

Although Ricco said there is no exact timetable for Beltran's return, he said any return most likely wouldn't happen until after the All-Star break.

Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.