When the New York Yankees were in town last week to play the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Beltran took a batting practice ball to the face, which had him land on the seven-day disabled list designated for concussions.
Beltran hadn't played since Sunday, July 6 and stayed on the disabled list after taking the ball to his face. Beltran used the All Star break to rest and recover from the facial fractures he suffered from the batting practice pitch which landed him on the DL on July 10.
Beltran will return to the Yankees on Friday night and play for the Yankees as their designated hitter when they play the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium, as David Waldstein of the New York Times reported.
Carlos Beltran back in the lineup batting 6th and DHing.— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) July 18, 2014
Beltran, hitting just .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBI, has been playing with an injured elbow during the 2014 season, an injury that landed him on the disabled list back in May and kept him out for three weeks. The elbow had bone spurs in it and hurts when he throws a baseball, which is why Beltran is only being used as a DH instead of the team's primary right fielder.
Some have wondered if Beltran should just opt for the surgery, as he has bone spurs in the elbow and is causing pain in it, but Beltran is continuing to give the Yankees an honest effort, but his batting average has gone down from as high as .261 all the way down to .209 at one point in late June.
The 37-year-old Beltran is in the first year of a three-year, $45 million deal and because of the injuries, has played in 61 games as a result; Ichiro Suzuki has seen his playing time increase with Beltran's injuries and Alfonso Soriano's release from the team earlier in the month.
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