On Monday, New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran tested his elbow at Yankee Stadium when he swung a fungo bat; Beltran is currently dealing with bone spurs in the elbow and has been on the 15-day disabled list as a result.
On Tuesday, the Yankees got even more good news on the Beltran front when Joe Girardi told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that his elbow is feeling good after swinging a regular bat for the second day in a row at Yankee Stadium.
Joe Girardi says Carlos Beltran felt good today after taking another round of swings— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 27, 2014
Beltran landed on the disabled list on May 13 after removing himself from the game at Yankee Stadium on May 12 after feeling pain in the elbow while taking swings in the indoor cage between swings.
Before that game, Beltran's average dipped over the last 10 games from .261 down to .234 and the elbow injury may have been why he was going through an awful slump. If Beltran does need surgery on the elbow, it would be an 8-10 week recovery process for the 37-year-old, who is in the first year of a three-year, $45 million deal that he signed with the Yankees back in December.
However, if the Yankees can get Beltran back this season with a healthy elbow and can swing the bat effectively, then it will be a major bonus to the team and won't have them scramble to find replacements; although currently, Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano have done an effective job splitting time in right field while Beltran attempts to heal the elbow, but Beltran back in the lineup would deepen the lineup for the Yankees.
Before hitting the DL two weeks ago, Beltran was hitting .234 with five home runs and 15 RBI.
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