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Beltran Comments on Recovery
Thursday, June 30
ESPN.com's Wallace Matthews noted that Beltran said his hamstring is feeling better, and although he will take batting practice on Thursday, he is unsure if he will be available to pinch hit against the Texas Ranges.
Beltran's MRI Clean, Injury Is Day-to-Day
Tuesday, June 28
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Nick Suss reported on Beltran's exit in the first inning of Tuesday's contest. Hoch later reported Beltran was dealing with a cramp and noted the results of his MRI, citing Yankees manager Joe Girardi as the source.
Even at the age of 39, Beltran has been New York's most effective all-around hitter during the 2016 campaign, posting a slash line of .297/.336/.570 with 19 homers and 53 RBI. Unfortunately, his prowess at the plate apparently led to his injury:
At least it doesn't appear as though the eight-time All-Star's ailment is too serious. While the Yankees can't afford to rush him back, Beltran is instrumental to their success, and he needs to be in the lineup to help the Bronx Bombers hang in the playoff hunt.
In addition to being a valuable batter who can hit from both sides of the dish, Beltran, despite not having the physical tools he once did, is a savvy defender whose presence will be missed in the outfield.
Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez could use Beltran's short-term absence as a catalyst to step up to their potential on offense in the midst of woeful individual performances.