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Carlos Beltran Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Elbow and Return
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Updates from Thursday, June 5

Joel Sherman of The New York Post has the latest on Beltran:

Updates from Wednesday, June 4

Sweeny Murti of WFAN talked to Joe Girardi, who updated Carlos Beltran's status:

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com has more details:

Beltran no longer feels pain from the bone spur discovered in his right elbow. The 36-year-old has watched the Yankees' offense scuffle from the disabled list since mid-May.

Beltran will be exclusively used as a designated hitter until the Yankees are sure he won't re-injure the elbow playing the outfield. That means Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano will likely split time at the position.

Updates from Monday, June 2

NorthJersey.com reports the latest on Beltran:

The anemic Yankees offense could receive a boost by the end of the week as Carlos Beltran (right elbow inflammation) flew to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday for extended spring training games.

The slugger will begin playing today. Beltran, 37, probably will stay in Florida for at least three days, then could rejoin the team if his elbow holds up.

Updates from Friday, May 30

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch has the latest update on Carlos Beltran:

Sweeney Murti of WFAN has more:

Updates from Thursday, May 29

Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger has the latest on Beltran:

Updates from Monday, May 26

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com about Carlos Beltran's recovery:

Sweeny Murti of WFAN also provided insight into the road back to the lineup for Beltran:

Updates from Tuesday, May 20

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News provided an update on Carlos Beltran's injured elbow and his potential return to the Yankees' lineup:

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports on what the next step will be:

Updates from Sunday, May 18

Jeff Roberts of The Record reports when Carlos Beltran is expected to seek a second opinion on his injured elbow:

Updates from Thursday, May 15

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com passed along the latest on Carlos Beltran's status:

Beltran also discussed his injured elbow after being placed on the disabled list (via Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger and Brendan Kuty of NJ.com):

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report also provided analysis on the injury:

 

Original Text

Losers of three straight and six of their last 10, the New York Yankees received some more bad news Tuesday afternoon.     

Carlos Beltran, who left Monday's game after hyperextending his right elbow in the batting cage between at-bats, has been diagnosed with a bone spur and will need a cortisone shot.

WFAN's Sweeny Murti and MLB.com's Bryan Hoch provided the details:

While Beltran is only day-to-day for now, his comments on the injury, via ESPN's Wallace Matthews, are certainly less than optimistic:

Of course, as manager Joe Girardi alluded to, via the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi, and Hoch confirmed, in-season surgery still isn't out of the picture for the right fielder/designated hitter:

The Yanks continue to be ravished by injury. The pitching staff has been decimated, with Ivan Nova (out for the season), Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia all on the disabled list, where the 37-year-old Beltran might soon join them.

Ichiro Suzuki, who would figure to replace Beltran, is also day-to-day with knee and back injuries.

Beltran is hitting just .234 on the season, but he has provided some pop with five home runs and a .430 slugging percentage. The 19-18 Yankees, who are second in the American League in batting average and fifth in slugging, can probably tread water while he's out, but losing him for a significant stretch is not ideal.

At some point, the pile of injuries is going to be too much for the Yankees to overcome.

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