Beltran sidelined by hand injury

Carlos Beltran, the National League’s RBIs leader, missed his

second start in three games because of a right hand injury.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the hand has been

bothering Beltran for a while.

Beltran was 0 for 8 in a 19-inning loss to the Pirates on

Sunday, and Matheny said the injury has flared up, but that he

didn’t think he’d be out long.

Beltran is hitting .278 with 28 homers and 85 RBIs

Regular first baseman Allen Craig moved to right field for

Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Astros, with Matt

Carpenter replacing Craig at first. Matheny said Craig is more

comfortable in the outfield.