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Beltran not in lineup for Cards in Game 4

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran will not start against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

Beltran strained his knee in the bottom of the first inning of Game 3 while running to first base, attempting to beat out a double play. He was replaced in right field by Matt Carpenter in the top of the second.

However, if needed, Beltran will be available off the bench, according to manager Mike Matheny.

"Still bothering him to the point where we can't start him, but he will be available as pinch hitter late in the game," Matheny said.

Carpenter will start at first base tonight, while Allen Craig will move to the outfield and play in right.

10/18 16:47:27 ET