Notes: Center of attention
Beltran returns to lineup; Anderson placed on bereavement list
NEW YORK -- After hours of deliberation, the Mets activated center fielder Carlos Beltran from the disabled list just prior to Friday's game. He took the roster spot of Marlon Anderson, whom the team placed on the bereavement list earlier Friday after his grandmother's death.
"If he feels good, I'll probably start him," manager Willie Randolph said about Beltran before the game. "That's why we want to give him a little more time."
The diagnosis was indeed good, and Beltran was back in the starting lineup, batting third. Had he not been able to play, the Mets would have been forced to compete with only 24 players on the active roster.
Beltran was on the DL retroactive to July 25, when he first strained his left oblique muscle during batting practice. He was eligible to come off the list on Thursday, but he waited after he felt pain while swinging the bat from the right side.
Before the injury, Beltran was batting .263 with 19 home runs in 96 games. The All-Star center fielder added to his homer total with a three-run shot in the fifth inning.
Baby fish: The three Marlins starters -- Daniel Barone, Scott Olsen and Rick VandenHurk -- slated to pitch against the Mets this weekend represent a new generation of pitchers. Literally.
The oldest of the bunch, Barone, is 24, while the three boast a combined age of 69. By contrast, the combined age of this weekend's Mets probables -- Brian Lawrence, Glavine and Oliver Perez -- is 97.
Together, the three Marlins starters have pitched 385 1/3 Major League innings. Glavine, the Mets' Saturday starter, has logged a little more than 11 times that amount by himself.
Almost famous: The Mascot Hall of Fame -- a virtual Hall honoring the top mascots in sports -- has placed Mr. Met up for a vote to join its ranks of fuzzy celebrities.
Mr. Met is one of 12 candidates for induction. Voting is open to the public and runs through Sept. 6 at mascothalloffame.com.
This and that: There's no official word on when Pedro Martinez's next Minor League rehab start will occur, but he should pitch on either Monday or Tuesday in Florida. ... Joe Smith allowed two runs in one inning for Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Smith now holds a 7.71 ERA in three outings since joining the Zephyrs last month.
This date in Mets history -- Aug. 11: In a performance that included the requisite hit batsman, Don Drysdale pitched a five-hit shutout in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory against the Mets at Dodger Stadium on this date in 1965.
Six years later on the same date, the Mets lost to the Padres, 1-0, in 12 innings in San Diego. The winning run scored on a throwing error by catcher Jerry Grote on a double steal.
Gary Carter was scheduled for a day of rest on Aug. 11, 1985, but Eddie Lynch, the Mets' starting pitcher that day, asked Carter to catch. Carter talked his way into the lineup and hit two, two-run home runs in the Mets' 6-2 victory against the Cubs at Shea Stadium. Lynch pitched a complete game and gained his fifth victory in five starts.
Eric Hillman -- at 6-foot-11, the tallest player in Mets history -- and John Franco combined to shut out the Pirates on five singles and no walks at Shea on this date in 1992. Franco, at 5-foot-9, suggested that, given their height, it was only appropriate that Hillman pitched eight innings and he one in the 2-0 game. "In this game, I was the real short man."
Edgardo Alfonzo drove in five runs in the Mets' 12-5 win against the Padres on this date in 1999. The victory, the Mets' 15th in 20 games, put them one-half game behind the first-place Braves.
Coming up: After reaching career win No. 300, Glavine (10-6, 4.31 ERA) will take his first crack at the anticlimactic No. 301 in a 7:10 p.m. ET showdown against Florida on Saturday. The Marlins counter with Olsen (9-9, 5.43).
Anthony DiComo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.