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New York Yankees’ Carlos Beltran Could Resume Throwing Soon; Return to Right Field

July 21st, 2014 at 3:07 PM
By Douglas Rush

Ever since his return from the disabled list in early June due to having bone spurs in his elbow, Carlos Beltran has been only able to play one position with the New York Yankees: designated hitter.

It's due to the fact that he experienced pain in his elbow every time he tried to throw, but he's been somewhat healthy enough to swing a bat and given the Yankees at-times struggles on offense, having Beltran in the lineup meant a better team than him on the disabled list, so he's been the team's DH over the last two months.

That could be changing relatively soon, as Jamal Collier of Yankees and reported on Monday that Beltran could soon begin a throwing program with the hopes of getting him back on the field and playing his normal position of right field.

"Designated hitter Carlos Beltran could start a throwing program soon as he tries to work his way back to playing the outfield this season. Beltran has been limited to designated hitter duties since hyperextending his right elbow in April, an injury that required a stint on the disabled list. He described the feeling in his elbow since his return as tight but not painful, and insists he feels fine."
Getting Beltran back in right field and out of the DH spot could allow Joe Girardi to mix and match up the lineup at bit more and give guys like Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter a chance to get partial days off instead of playing in the field reguarly.
Beltran in 64 games is hitting .222 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI this season for the Yankees in the first year of a three-year, $45 million deal he signed back in December.


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