The New York Yankees knew that when they signed Carlos Beltran, he brought with him a checkered injury history.
Of course, you always hope for the best but Beltran, who is seemingly always dealing with some sort of nagging health issue says he’s still dealing with elbow pain thanks to the bone chips he’s been suffering from.
Beltran, who missed nearly a month of action told NJ.com that he can’t take too many practice swings due to the pain.
“I cannot take a lot but before every at-bat I go (to the batting cage) and take six, eight swings to warm up,” he said.
It’s been a bit of a struggle for Beltran, who returned to the lineup earlier this week as he deals with the injury many thought would be season ending. However, thanks to the month rest and medical treatment, Beltran and the Yankees decided to forgo surgery and hope the veteran can play through the pain.
Of course, both understand that it’s completely possible that the bone spurs could continue to get worse and Beltran will inevitably have to go under the knife, but doing so will all but end his season so there’s little reason for the one-time slugger not to play through the injury and hope he can still produce in minimal discomfort.
For now, the Yankees will continue to play Beltran in the designated hitter spot as they don’t want to risk any further injury by having the veteran play and throw in the outfield. Manager Joe Girardi said he expects Beltran to remain in the DH role for some time.