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 MLB.com 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."
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