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Carlos Beltran out of Yankees’ lineup with swollen knee

Jul 7, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran is already limited due to the situation with his right elbow, but now an issue from his past could be cropping up. According to Bryan Hoch of, Beltran is out of tonight’s lineup after he reported some mild swelling in the back of his right knee.

Of course, Beltran had surgery on the very same knee in January of 2010 as a member of the Mets, so there is some reason for concern. He’s scheduled to see the Indians’ team doctor tonight at Progressive Field, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said no further tests have been scheduled.

“We’re going to give him a day off. I’ll find out later on if he’s available to pinch-hit,” Girardi said. “He’ll see their doctor today and see what they think. Not a lot, but just a little bit.”

Beltran, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees over the winter, is batting just .216/.271/.401 with nine home runs and 28 RBI over 255 plate appearances this season. The 37-year-old has hit .192 with four homers and a .618 OPS in 28 games since coming off the DL about a month ago.

  1. disgracedfury - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    His elbow is still barking put him on the DL for surgery.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    When the Yankees designated Soriano, what did they know about Beltran and when did they know it?

  3. serbingood - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Who is the 4th outfielder? Last time I looked at the roster, yesterday, they didn’t have one.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Kelly Johnson?

      • renaado - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Stadium vendor.

    • 4cornersfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Kelly Johnson came into the league as an outfielder and has played a lot of games there. Zealous Wheeler can also play the OF and if need be they could bring Solarte back up to play RF. He has played 2 games at AAA since they sent him down and is 6 for 8 with 2 doubles and a triple.

  4. csbanter - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Yankees would be in first if they kept Phil Hughes and Cano.

    • nbjays - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      No, because if they kept Cano, they wouldn’t have the money for Tanaka. Hughes has been good but not THAT good.

      • Reflex - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Cano was worth more than Ellsbury/Beltran in terms of production. And would have cost about the same amount of money. And plays a more premium position.

    • pisano - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      @csbanter…..Get yourself drug tested, you need help.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      They were never going to keep Hughes, so that’s just stupid. He was a disaster last year. Good for him, good for the Twins, that he’s turned it around. But that’s hindsight garbage.

      Cano’s another question, though. If the Yankees hadn’t signed McCann and Beltran, that’s a lot of money right there. The problem for the Yankees, though, is that someone has to play catcher and right field. And because they have no minor league system, there’s no other option to fill out the outfield than to sign Ellsbury (who is working out, I’d say) and Beltran (who is not).

      I’m not saying Jackie Bradley has been a roaring success, but wouldn’t the Yankees rather have a Bradley-type rookie at the league minimum than Beltran for $45 million? That’s what not having prospects does to you. Don’t be mad that they lost Cano. Be mad, if you’re a NYY fan, that they get so desperate that they have to do stupid things in the free agent market.

      • 4cornersfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Good analysis but it depends a lot on hindsight. Beltran has had 600 plate appearances the last 3 years so it wasn’t a given that he was going to break down this year. True, he’s now 37 but they were going to rotate him and Jeter through the DH spot to give them rest. It was a reasonable plan and there wasn’t much on the FA market any better. Paying a 40 year old Cano $24 million was never an option after the ARod contract.

      • Reflex - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Beltran has been on a clear decline trend for three years now, and was basically league average last year. It is not hindsight to assume that a 37 year old is probably not going to show an uptick in performance, which means they paid $15mil/year for ‘league average and declining’.

        Paying a 40 year old Cano may not have been an option but it should have been. Cano is likely to outperform all three of the guys the Yanks signed over the course of their contracts for significantly less per season and less in overall money as well. Worrying about what he is worth at 40 ignores the fact that he is worth more than these guys put together and they would have paid less per year and in total dollars for Cano.

        None of this required hindsight. They got rid of the top guy at a premium position in favor of injury prone guys at non-premium positions and paid them more than the guy they had. Dumb decision making.

  5. drewzducks - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Ah yes, the Battle of Swollen Knee. Still a stain on our country’s treatment of brokenndown, overpaid ballplayers.

  6. pete2112 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    It’s just another day as the world turns for the Yankees. It’s amazing how badly just about everything has panned out with just about everybody except someone named Tanaka, but we still just have under half a season to go and anything is possible with regard to injury.
    Next season is going to be interesting as they’re going to need at least three new starters. Maybe they found one in the guy they called up yesterday to start, but it’s hard to get too excited with just one start. I’m not going to blame Cashman for all of this but I think it might be time for a change and a fresh start.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Ellsbury’s been fine. And Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson have not been the total disasters that many of us expected they would be.

      I’m not a fan, but at least judge the guy fairly.

      • Reflex - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Ellsbury is on pace for about 2.8 bWAR. That is not ‘fine’. He put up 5.7 bWAR last year and that’s the guy the Yanks thought they were signing. He will essentially be slightly better than an average starting major league center fielder.

        Brian Roberts has not been a disaster, but he’s on pace for around 2.1 bWAR. That is an average starter. Kelly Johnson is on almost exactly the same pace.

        I guess they are ‘fine’ so long as ‘adequate’ is a way that fans wish to view the Yankees. At least Roberts and Johnson are outperforming McCann and Beltran I suppose…

  7. ironcurtin64 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Johnny Damon is available. Word on the street is he’s “still better than half the players in the league.”

    • 18thstreet - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      That only applies to the Red Sox.


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