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Yankees activate Carlos Beltran from the disabled list

Jun 5, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Carlos Beltran is back from the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with bone spurs in his right elbow and to make room for his return the Yankees designated infielder Scott Sizemore for assignment.

Beltran was off to a slow start before being shut down in mid-May, hitting just .234 with five homers and a .715 OPS in 33 games.

He’s returning now without having undergone surgery to remove the bone spurs from his elbow, which means Beltran could have further issues with the injury and eventually deciding on surgery remains a possibility. Not a great situation for a 37-year-old in the first season of a three-year, $45 million contract.

  1. pisano - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    ” Beltran was off to a slow start” that’s an understatement, he’s a bust. The Yankees ought to DFA him, Brian Roberts, and Kelly Johnson asap. This team will turn ought to be worse than last years. I feel sorry for Tanaka, he made a mistake signing with this team.

    • phoenixrising23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Big Yankees fan, huh?

    • renaado - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      “I feel sorry for Tanaka, he made a mistake signing with this team.”

      Well it’s his decision though… Still, he’s the only one worth watchin out there when he takes the mound, Yankee fan or not he’s surely fun to watch and his competitiveness is truly amazin. But guess his dreams in playin in this years World series and become “Sekai ichi” will have to wait a LONG while…

    • Kevin S. - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Ah, that’s the rational, level-headed analysis I’ve come to expect from you.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      With a $155 Million contract can’t really feel too bad for him.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Yup, Tanaka should have signed with the Cubs instead, so he could have a sparkling record just like Samarzdja.

      • renaado - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        1-8 record with a 2.06 era !? Man, guys in Japan will go on a rampage!

  2. pete2112 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Were you saying this last year about Beltran? How can you call him a bust when he hasn’t even played a quarter of the season? Brian Roberts? You know they didn’t bring him in to hit 30 homers and knock in 100 RBI, right? He’s here to play second base and to steal bases on occasion. As for Kelly Johnson, I don’t think anyone was expecting much from him, at least I wasn’t. There offense is horrible right now and they don’t have any starting pitching due to injuries. If the team on the field in April was still healthy and playing, I don’t think they would be in this place right now. Unfortunately this team can’t stay healthy and it’s just going to be one of those seasons. You realize the Yankees have only missed the post seasons twice since 1995. This team had a hell of a run but I think it has run its course and it’s time to rebuild around Tanaka.

  3. jimmyt - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I wish MLB had the NFL salery cap.

    • trbmb - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Good idea, let’s force the Owners to be responsible businessmen. Then let’s go all the way copying the NFL, let’s have a 16 game season and then we can brag about the fake parity and real mediocrity.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    He was actually doing quite well until he flipped over a low OF wall in Tampa. Hopefully the rest and rehab got him back to his usual standards.

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