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New York Yankees: Carlos Beltran Optimistic He Can Avoid Surgery

May 30th, 2014 at 5:38 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Carlos Beltran has been on the shelf since May 13 due to a bone spur in his elbow, but he will be returning to the team soon and the New York Yankees outfielder is optimistic about avoiding surgery.

Here is what Beltran had to say to WFAN's Sweeny Murti when he was on the field for batting practice:

Bryan Hoch of reported that Beltran sounded positive about avoiding the dreaded surgery that would keep him out a long time:

Beltran took a positive step yesterday after successfully completing 50 swings with a fungo bat, per Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger:

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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Tags: Baseball, Bronx Bombers, Carlos Beltran, Kendrys Morales, Mark Teixeira, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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