Here is what Beltran had to say to WFAN's Sweeny Murti when he was on the field for batting practice:
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
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported that Beltran sounded positive about avoiding the dreaded surgery that would keep him out a long time:
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
Beltran took a positive step yesterday after successfully completing 50 swings with a fungo bat, per Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger:
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 29, 2014
Beltran has taken a total of 75 swings in the past two days and hasn't had any issues thus far. However, none of those swings have been against a 95 MPH fastball from a major league ace, so until we see that nothing can be guaranteed.
What is guaranteed is that the Yankees need his bat in the lineup. Before he got hurt, Beltran was one of the more productive, consistent hitters in the team's batting order. Combined with Mark Teixeira's minor injury woes, New York is missing two key bats in the lineup and it has shown.
Even if Beltran and Teixeira return healthy and ready to go, the Yanks should consider adding another bat that preferably plays first base as well. Kendrys Morales, who is a free agent, has had his name pop up plenty of times and is certainly an option for the Bronx Bombers.
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