Mets’ Beltran back; Brewers rest new dad Axford?

Carlos Beltran is back in the New York Mets’ lineup for Tuesday

night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Beltran left Sunday’s game against Atlanta with a right leg

bruise. X-rays were negative. Beltran says he still has some

soreness, but he received treatment on the Mets’ off day Monday and

expects to be OK to play.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says he may be without John Axford

after the closer’s wife Nicole gave birth to their first child,

John Brian Axford, early Tuesday morning. Roenicke said he and

Axford talked about taking a night off, but said there was still a

chance he might show up for the game.

A pile of baby gifts was sitting at Axford’s locker before the

game.