NEW YORK (AP) -Carlos Beltran was activated from the disabled list Friday night and was in the New York Mets' starting lineup against the Florida Marlins.
The star center fielder had been out since July 25 with a strained muscle on his left side. The Mets waited to see how Beltran felt after working out Friday afternoon before deciding whether he would play. About 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, the team announced he had been activated.
Beltran was hitting .263 with 19 home runs, 62 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He started in center field and batted third against the Marlins.
The Mets also placed utility player Marlon Anderson on the bereavement list. Anderson, who came out of Thursday's game against Atlanta with a sprained left wrist, traveled to Prattville, Ala., for his grandmother's funeral.
Anderson must sit out a minimum of three days on the bereavement list, with a maximum of seven.

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