Early in the day on Tuesday, it was revealed that New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran injured his elbow while taking practice swings in an indoor batting cage. Hilarity aside, there was real fear with regard to the somewhat injury-prone Beltran, but later in the day, a bit of positive news was revealed.
Beltran said MRI found old bone spur, took cortisone shot, hoping that takes pain away with no DL #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) May 13, 2014
As noted by Joel Sherman above, this diagnosis will keep Beltran off of the disabled list (at least for now), although he was once again out of the lineup against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Prior to the injury, Beltran struggled a bit, posting just a .286 on-base percentage through 33 games (140 plate appearances) despite flashing some considerable power with five home runs and a .430 slugging percentage.
It is important to note that Beltran isn’t close to out of the woods yet, as he still hasn’t been able to play through the pain induced by the spur. If he can’t play relatively soon, the Yankees would be wise to send him to the disabled list to open a roster spot, and in the distant future, they could be forced to explore surgical options. Stay tuned.