6/8/2013 12:15 A.M. ET
Beltran exits in sixth after feeling 'tweak' in leg
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Outfielder Carlos Beltran played just 5 1/2 innings of the Cardinals' 9-2 win over the Reds on Friday, exiting prematurely due to a "tweak in his leg," manager Mike Matheny said.
Beltran, who was not available postgame to provide any additional details on the injury, struck out swinging to end the sixth. With the ball getting away from catch Devin Mesoraco, Beltran jogged toward first before being retired.
In the bottom of the sixth, Shane Robinson took Beltran's place in right field.
"Something didn't quite feel right," Matheny said. "Any time I hear that, especially right after an at-bat, it's an opportunity to sit him down."
Before leaving the game, Beltran extended his hitting streak to eight games with a fourth-inning single. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games.
• A day after exiting his Class A start prematurely due to a shoulder strain, Cardinals pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins received encouraging news during a follow-up doctor visit. According to farm director John Vuch, the doctor found nothing of significance during the examination. It is not yet known whether Jenkins, ranked No. 5 among the team's top prospects, will miss his next start.
• Three members of the Class A Peoria Chiefs were recently selected to participate in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Infielders Breyvic Valera and Jacob Wilson were named as reserves on the Western Division roster. Jenkins was one of 15 pitchers selected for inclusion on the roster. The All-Star Game will be played in Dayton, Ohio, on June 18.
• The Cardinals have launched a new website for Cardinals Authentics (cardinals.com/authentics) where fans can custom order engraved Louisville Slugger bats, as well as other personalized gifts and special collectibles.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.