On Thursday, the New York Yankees were forced to put starting right fielder Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his right elbow.
The current plan by the Yankees for Beltran is for him to receive a cortisone shot in his elbow to see if it will help heal the bone spurs. If that doesn't work, then it's quite possible that Beltran may need surgery to repair the damage and if that is the case, Beltran could be sidelined anywhere from 6-12 weeks, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told George King of the New York Post.
“I’d say more like 6-to-12 weeks if he needed surgery,” Cashman said. “Because it’s his throwing arm, if you wanted to look at him exclusively as a DH, maybe it brings it closer to 6-to-8 weeks. If you’re looking for a full-time outfielder, it might be a little longer, because you need the throwing side of it to be taken care of. We’re hoping it’s not an issue, but maybe it is an issue. If it is an issue, we’ll have to deal with it.”
Beltran removed himself from the Yankees games on Monday against the New York
Mets during the eighth inning when he felt pain in the elbow during innings while taking swings in the batting cage in the hallway of Yankee Stadium. Beltran is hoping that the cortisone shot will relieve the pain to where he can play when his time on the 15-day disabled list is up.
When first reported on the potential surgery, Beltran's recovery time was listed as 6-8 weeks, but 12 weeks would put Beltran out until at least August, maybe even September given rehab time and games in the minor leagues. Beltran knows that if in two weeks that his elbow isn't feeling better, he has a decision to make and likely, the decision is to get the surgery on the elbow.
“They decided to put me on the DL and the reason is that I’m getting better but not capable of swinging the bat 100 percent,’’ said Beltran, who removed himself from Monday night’s game when he felt sharp pain taking swings in the batting cage between at-bats. “If in 15 days it doesn’t get better, we have to make another decision.’’
Beltran was hitting just .234 and saw his batting average dip from .263 down to .234 over the last 10 days and was in a 5-for-27 slump (.185) before he landed on the disabled list on Thursday. The Yankees gave Beltran a three-year, $45 million deal over the winter to take over as the starting right fielder. Ichiro Suzuki will likely see expanded time in the lineup, although he too is dealing with a stiff back.
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