NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran will begin a rehabilitation assignment Thursday and could be manning centerfield for the Mets before the All-Star break.
Beltran has been out all season after having right knee surgery in January. He has been working out at the team's spring facility in Port St. Lucie. General manager Omar Minaya saw him play Sunday and was pleased with the five-time All-Star's progress.
"It's very encouraging to hear he's doing extremely well," manager Jerry Manuel said Tuesday. "He's very excited about getting back and playing, and he's in a hurry to help the team."
Beltran will start his rehab at Class A St. Lucie.
RANGERS SALE: The Rangers will have to change their bankruptcy plan, though not the amount paid to creditors, to avoid having it killed by upset creditors, a federal bankruptcy judge said.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn said in a written ruling that creditors and team owners were adversely affected by the Rangers' plan to pay creditors $75 million and sell the club to a group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and team president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg.
The ruling allows the team and two groups of creditors to vote on the plan. Because creditors have said they would vote against it, the Rangers are expected to change the plan.
ROLLINS BACK: The Phillies activated All-Star SS Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list and batted him leadoff against the Indians.
Rollins has twice been on the 15-day DL this season because of a right calf injury. He got hurt warming up before the home opener and missed 31 games, then re-injured himself May 21.
BREWERS: Manager Ken Macha said career saves leader Trevor Hoffman, 42, who has five straight scoreless outings, could reclaim the closer's role over rookie John Axford.
RANGERS: RF Nelson Cruz was activated from the disabled list. He had been out since May 30 with a strained left hamstring.
ROCKIES: Closer Huston Street, out all season with inflammation in his right shoulder, was activated from the disabled list. RHP Juan Rincon was designated for assignment.
WHITE SOX: First-round pick Chris Sale, a LHP from Florida Gulf Coast, agreed to a contract with a $1,686,000 signing bonus.