Beltran to hit cleanup in return to Mets

Updated: July 10, 2010, 8:08 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he intends to bat Carlos Beltran in the cleanup spot when the center fielder returns to the lineup Thursday in San Francisco.

Manuel originally floated the idea of Beltran batting third, but the skipper doesn't want to disrupt All-Star David Wright, who is performing well in that slot.

Beltran's return will allow Manuel to slide struggling Ike Davis and Jason Bay down a slot apiece in the order. Davis is hitting .196 over his ...

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