All-Star return could be in Cards for Beltran

All-Star return could be in Cards for Beltran

KANSAS CITY -- Carlos Beltran, who was back at Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the Royals traded him in 2004, very well might return on July 10 as a Cardinals representative on the National League All-Star team.

"I'm not really thinking about that right now, but if it happens it's going to be a great moment for me, just being able to come back as an All-Star and being able to represent my league, even though Kansas City is in the American League. But it's going to be emotional," Beltran said.

This would be Beltran's seventh All-Star selection, but he's never yet participated in the Home Run Derby on the day before the Midsummer Classic.

"That's something that I've never done and if they approach me, I will think about it," he said. "I think it will be fun, but I've never done it, so I don't know."

Beltran, in the Cardinals' lineup on Friday night as the designated hitter, had his first look at the renovated Kauffman Stadium.

"When I was riding in the bus coming to the ballpark, I was looking in the stands and looking at the all the remodeling they did and it looks beautiful," he said. "It's a great field, a great ballpark and I'm happy to be back, honestly."