Carlos Beltran has been on the disabled list for almost two weeks now with bone spurs in his elbow and is desperately trying to avoid surgery on the elbow and return to the lineup for the New York Yankees. If Beltran needed surgery on the elbow, it would likely sideline him for the next 8-10 weeks and his return date wouldn't be until either July or August.
Beltran swung a fungo bat at Yankee Stadium on Monday to test out the elbow and felt ok while doing so. Beltran will swing a regular bat on Tuesday to further test out the elbow and determine if he needs surgery on it or if he can actually recovery from the injury and come off the DL to play for the Yankees again; as David Waldstein from the New York Times reported.
Joe Girardi said Carlos Beltran swung a fungo bat and felt no issues. Tomorrow he will swing a regular bat. It's still all wait and see.— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) May 26, 2014
Beltran first noticed the injury back on May 12 after he removed himself from the game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium when he felt pain in the elbow while taking swings in the indoor batting cage between innings. An MRI on the elbow confirmed that he had bone spurs in the elbow and was placed on the 15-day disabled list and immediately started to receive cortisone shots to help alleviate the pain.
Beltran did make a visit to see world-renown orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on the elbow and Andrews confirmed that he had bone spurs and made the decision to see if Beltran could handle swinging a bat without any pain. If no pain was noted, he wouldn't need surgery, but if so, then he'd get the surgery and miss 8-10 weeks recovering. Yankees manager Joe Girardi did tell Brendan Kuty of the Newark-Star Ledger that Beltran only feels the bone spurs when he's swinging lefty, so it's tough to tell what that will do for Beltran's elbow going forward.
Beltran's batting average took a nose dive during the last 10 games that he played, as he was hitting .261 at the beginning of the month, but went from .261 down to .234 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 33 games for the Yankees in 2014.
The 37-year-old Beltran is in the first year of a three-year, $45 million deal given to him by the Yankees back in December, so his health is vital to the lineup, especially since he is seen as a key bat who comes up with clutch hits in big games and was seen as a player who could help the Yankees in October because of his tendencies to get big hits in key situations.
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