NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran has had surgery on his troublesome right knee and the New York Mets’ center fielder will miss the start of the season.
In a statement released Wednesday night, the Mets say Beltran’s osteoarthritis worsened during the offseason and he decided to have arthroscopic surgery to clean out the arthritic area of his knee.
The procedure was performed Wednesday in Colorado by his personal physician, Dr. Richard Steadman.
The team says Beltran is expected to resume baseball activities in 12 weeks, a timetable that likely would keep him out for at least most of April — maybe longer.
A five-time All-Star, Beltran missed 2½ months with a painful bone bruise on his right knee.