Updates from Thursday, June 5
Joel Sherman of The New York Post has the latest on Beltran:
Beltran activated, Scott Sizemore DFAd #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Sweeny Murti of WFAN talked to Joe Girardi, who updated Carlos Beltran's status:
Carlos Beltran is on his way back to New York. Joe Girardi is planning on having him back in the lineup tomorrow as DH.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) June 4, 2014
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:
Carlos Beltran took BP on the field today and felt no discomfort. He is encouraged that he will be able to avoid surgery.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 30, 2014
Sweeney Murti of WFAN has more:
Carlos Beltran took BP on the field today, said he feels good. "Very happy" elbow is pain free, optimistic he can return soon.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) May 30, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 29
Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger has the latest on Beltran:
#Yankees also announce Carlos Beltran took 25 swings from each side during a soft toss session w/ Kevin Long & didn’t experience discomfort.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 29, 2014
Beltran is scheduled to repeat the workout tomorrow.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 29, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 26
Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com about Carlos Beltran's recovery:
Carlos Beltran took fungo swings today. Felt OK, Girardi said. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 26, 2014
Carlos Beltran took the swings in at the stadium. Girardi said Beltran only feels bone spur while swinging lefty. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 26, 2014
Carlos Beltran will take more swings tomorrow. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 26, 2014
Sweeny Murti of WFAN also provided insight into the road back to the lineup for Beltran:
Carlos Beltran took 15 dry swings from both sides today and reported no problems but still many hurdles to clear before we know if he's ok.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) May 26, 2014
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:
According to source, Beltran will try to play through injury, but if pain is too much, he'll have surgery and miss approximately 2 months.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) May 20, 2014
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports on what the next step will be:
Joe Girardi: Carlos Beltran will try to start swinging a bat on Monday. If it doesn't feel good, next step is surgery.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 20, 2014
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:
Carlos Beltran had another cortisone shot yesterday. He is headed to see Dr. Andrews for a 2nd opinion this week. #Yankees— Jeff Roberts (@TheJRob) May 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 15
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com passed along the latest on Carlos Beltran's status:
Yankees make it official: Carlos Beltran to the DL, Chase Whitley added to active roster.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 15, 2014
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):
Beltran said decision on surgery will be made at the end of DL stint. If he has the surgery, he said he’d miss 6-8 weeks.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 15, 2014
Beltran said if somehow he can avoid elbow surgery this season, he's definitely getting it in the offseason. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 15, 2014
Beltran said most of the pain is gone, but that he felt it this morning out of nowhere while reaching for his cell phone #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 15, 2014
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report also provided analysis on the injury:
If Beltran's heading to the DL, there has to be a lean towards surgery.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) May 15, 2014
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:
Beltran has a bone spur in right elbow. Had cortisone shot last night. Day to day until they see if shot takes the pain away.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) May 13, 2014
Carlos Beltran said the MRI revealed an old bone spur. Received cortisone shot, hopes that's enough to avoid surgery.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 13, 2014
While Beltran is only day-to-day for now, his comments on the injury, via ESPN's Wallace Matthews, are certainly less than optimistic:
Beltran said he felt "sharp pain" in elbow while swinging in cage today— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) May 13, 2014
Beltran had a cortisone shot in elbow today, no DL decision yet but thinks he will need offseason surgery— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) May 13, 2014
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:
Girardi says he's in wait-&-see mode on beltran - "If he doesn't feel better in a couple of days, my level of concern would be pretty high."— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) May 13, 2014
Yankees will give Carlos Beltran 2-3 days to see if the cortisone shot calms things down. If not, surgery is in play.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 13, 2014
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.