Some much needed firepower will return to the Bronx today. Carlos Beltran, who had been on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow, has officially been reinstated to the Yankees’ lineup. In a related move, the team designated utility man Scott Sizemore for assignment.
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Beltran has been on the DL since mid-May, when he experienced discomfort while taking some practice swings. The team and Beltran experienced a scare when the 36-year old had to see Dr. James Andrews and surgery seemed like a possibility. Now, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Beltran is healthy and able to return. He reported no pain in his last batting session.
Beltran has only played in 33 games for the Yankees this year. He has a .234/.286/.430 slash line with five homers and fifteen RBI. The former Cardinal signed a three-year, $45 million contract with New York this winter. He will bat fifth behind first baseman Mark Teixeira and will be the designated hitter as the Yankees look to avoid the sweep versus the Oakland Athletics.
Scott Sizemore was called up and sent down on a few occasions this season but played in a total of six games for New York. He had a .313 average in 16 at-bats with the big league club, driving in four while playing third and first base. If Sizemore clears waivers, he will likely be reassigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees will attempt to play against Oakland at 1:05 EST, but there is rain in the forecast, which could delay the start of the game.