Beltran, 30, was scratched from last Wednesday's 6-3 victory
over the Pittsburgh Pirates after straining his left abdominal
muscle during batting practice. He missed six games before going
on the DL, with the move retroactive to July 25.
The center fielder, who is batting .263 with 19 homers and 62
RBIs, said he hurt the muscle on his left side taking a swing.
Lo Duca was disappointed he was unable to play on Tuesday,
especially with Mets pitcher Tom Glavine going for his 300th win.
"I really wanted to be out there," Lo Duca said.
Lo Duca said he was feeling "way better" than he was a few
days ago, and lobbied Mets manager Willie Randolph to let him play.
But Randolph said it didn't make sense to rush Lo Duca back into
"I love Paulie's desire to play," Randolph said. "He's always
been that way. But we have to look at the big picture and do what's
best for the team."