The New York Yankees knew that when they signed Carlos Beltran this offseason, along with his high priced contract came a nasty injury history.
But figuring that they could rest Beltran at the designated hitter position occasionally, the Yankees hoped that Beltran’s well documented injury woes would creep up.
Sadly, that wasn’t the case as Beltran was slumping and the end result was bone spurs in his elbow.
Not wanting to lose their slugger for an extended period, the Yankees decided to give Beltran some time off and after treatment, hoped that he’d be able to take some dry swings without any problems on Monday afternoon.
So far, so good as Beltran took fifteen swings from each side of the plate this morning and experienced no setbacks or pain in the process.
That said, Beltran still has a few more hurdles to climb before he’ll be placed back in the lineup though it’s obviously positive news considering had Beltran been unable to swing a bat without pain today, the assumption is that he would have went under the knife.
Surgery would likely keep Beltran on the shelf for at least two months and while an operation isn’t completely out of the question at this point, it seems increasingly unlikely unless Beltran suffers some type of significant setback or simply can’t deal with the pain.
For now though, Beltran will continue to work his way back into the lineup and continue to receive treatment from the Yankees medical staff.
New York did not mention a return date for Beltran at this point.