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Beltran back after resting hamstring

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup Saturday following a day off after admitting to a minor left hamstring pull he sustained against Philadelphia last month.

"I was running the ball down the line and I just felt like I pulled my left hamstring a little bit on that play," Beltran said. "Since that day, I've been trying to play through it, just some days, I feel better than others."

Beltran said it doesn't hinder him on the field, and that it just will tighten up on him from time to time, which is why manager Mike Matheny gave him the night off Friday.

"Some days it gets tight," Beltran said. "Playing every day, of course it's going to happen. That's why he's trying to get me some days, just to make it feel better."

"This is just the same thing we've been doing all year," Matheny said. "Same kind of conversations in April, you know, how are you feeling? Something didn't feel quite right, so that's when we start changing gears."

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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