Carlos Beltran was originally supposed to be a part of the New York Yankees lineup on Wednesday night against his old team, the Houston Astros, but he was a late scratch due to feeling pain in his elbow late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
Beltran received a cortisone shot in his elbow on Wednesday from Yankees team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad and manager Joe Girardi said before the team's 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium to those same Astros that Beltran won't be back at least until Friday pending the shot works and his elbow is feeling better.
"He's day-to-day," Girardi said. "We'll go through the next couple of days and see what we've got. He won't be a player for me (Thursday). I don't expect that."
With the series finale on Thursday, it's now a given that Beltran won't be in the lineup for the team and will have to wait and see how the elbow is feeling on Friday before Girardi decides to put him back in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox.
Beltran, who just started playing right field this past week after being relegated to DH duties since June after suffering the initial injury back in May when it was revealed that he had bone spurs in the elbow and nearly needed surgery to repair the damage. He did mention that it doesn't hurt when he plays the field, but the elbow does hurt when he swings a bat.
In the first season of a three-year, $45 million deal for the Yankees, the 37-year-old Beltran is just hitting .233 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in what many are considering to be a rather disastrous first season in the Bronx. If Beltran's elbow pain continues to persist, the team may want to consider shutting him down for the rest of the season and getting the surgery needed so he can be ready and healthy for 2015.
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