Beltran hits 1st HR for Cards in 4-3 win

Mar 19, 5:54 pm EDT

Carlos Beltran is more concerned with health than spring training stats.

Entering with a .190 average in eight exhibition games, Carlos Beltran hit his first home run for the St. Louis Cardinals, a leadoff drive off Julio Teheran in the sixth inning during Monday's 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Beltran, who signed a free agent after splitting last year between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, also had a single. His home run went deep over the right-field fence.

"I think that was a pretty good indication of his strength, wristed that and it was a rocket. He's getting close and that pretty good timing for us.

St. Louis gave Beltran a $26 million, two-year contract following the departure of Albert Pujols. The Cardinals are confident the switch-hitter can provide run production if his troublesome knees don't sidetrack him.

"I'm just happy that I feel good physically," Beltran said. "I haven't been concentrating on results. I knew that would come. My focus is on staying healthy. I've been working hard and my knee feels good."

A bout with the flu and a sore shoulder did keep Beltran out of a few games, cutting the at-bats he needs to get his timing down." Cardinals