The New York Yankees were hoping that a cortisone shot and some rest would keep Carlos Beltran off the 15-day disabled list. Unfortunately that didn’t work out as they were still forced to place Beltran on the DL Thursday with a bone spur in his elbow.
Now the Yankees are just hoping they can keep Beltran from having surgery on the elbow, something that would make things even worse yet as it would keep the veteran slugger out for six to eight weeks.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:
Carlos Beltran was unable to dodge a stint on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow, but the Yankees outfielder is still hopeful that he will be able to avoid surgery.
“Beltran started feeling discomfort in his elbow while swinging in the batting cage Monday, forcing the 37-year-old to take himself out of the Yankees’ lineup after three at-bats against the Mets…
“…The Yankees are hoping that rest and anti-inflammatories will remedy the situation, but Beltran said that if his situation does not improve in two weeks, surgery would be on the table. Surgery to shave the spur would keep Beltran out for approximately six to eight weeks.”
After charging out to a strong start to the season, the Yankees have not received much good news lately. With C.C. Sabathia also headed to the disabled list, the team will have to try to find a way to stay afloat. Luckily for them, no team is exactly running away with the American League East.
At age 37, Beltran has been the model of consistency in recent seasons. He is off to a slow start so far in 2014, batting .234/.286/.430 through 33 games. He should still be in line to put up good numbers in the middle of that Yankees lineup…as long as he can avoid surgery, that is.