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Carlos Beltran can’t throw, so he’s a designated hitter only

Jun 25, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran has played 17 games for the Yankees since returning from the disabled list for bone spurs in his elbow that may require surgery eventually, but they’ve all been at designated hitter and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran tweaked his elbow while doing some throwing at Yankee Stadium over the weekend and the 37-year-old has been shut down from throwing for the foreseeable future.

That’s not a huge problem, because the Yankees have standout defenders Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in center field and left field, and they can use Ichiro Suzuki or Alfonso Soriano in right field. Of bigger concern is that Beltran has hit just .177 with a .585 OPS in 17 games since coming off the DL.

In the first season of a three-year, $45 million deal Beltran has hit .216 with seven homers and a .673 OPS in 50 games overall, which is a 150-point drop in OPS from his 2013 production with the Cardinals.

  1. blacksables - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Should have stayed with a winner.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:40 PM


  2. pisano - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Guess what? he can’t hit either.

  3. trbmb - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    All of this will result in a Cashman contract extension at season end. Cashman is an expert. At cash distribution. He is the Cash man.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    This isn’t really related to the his career or current talent level. But please get the mole removed. I feel like he gets bigger with age and I hate seeing it every time he bats right handed.

  5. SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Actually, Craig, Baseball-Reference ranks Ellsbury with a negative dWAR this year.

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      3 month samples of defensive data are not enough to draw a conclusion (especially using the type of data BR uses), over his career, he’s been a very good CFer and it is far more likely that his current 2014 numbers represent random variation than a significant change in ability.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        That’s possible. It’s also possible that a mix of aging and a bigger OF than in Boston are showing some actual holes.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    I’ve always liked Beltran, even when he was blasting postseason home run after home run against the Braves back when he donned an Astros uni. That is why I was sad to see him put on the pinstripes and am sadder yet that he is in this year-long funk.

    As a player I hope he snaps out of it. But as a non-Yankee fan I am glad that if he is not doing well, it is while he is in New York.

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