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Carlos Beltran playing right field for the first time since May 11

Aug 16, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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An elbow issue has limited Carlos Beltran to designated hitter duties since he came off the disabled list in early June, but Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that he will make his return to right field this afternoon against the Rays.

Beltran hasn’t played right field since May 11 and hasn’t started there since May 10. He’s still dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, but he apparently feels good enough to give it a go.

After signing a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees over the winter, Beltran is batting .240/.296/.429 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI over 87 games this season. The 37-year-old enters Saturday’s action with just one hit in his last 18 at-bats, but he’s hitting .289 with seven homers and an .833 OPS over his last 34 games.

  1. Mikhel - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Went from good at fielding RF (Ichiro) to bad (Prado) to worse (Beltrán), word is in september they will call up Rookie the batdog from Trenton to field RF for the rest of the year, and he might outplay Prado+Beltrán.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Then there’s the issue that none of those guys can hit at all. At least Beltran could hit sometime in the last 3 years, so I guess he’s the most likely candidate for a bounceback, no matter how unlikely.

  2. pisano - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    They should do all Yankee fans a favor and forfeit the rest of their games, I swear its more exciting watching grass grow, or worse yet a soccer game.

  3. jfk69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    It is now or never. Beltran as a DH did not work out. Elbow issue or not. Ichiro in the lineup everyday was like playing two Derek Jeters . When you take into account Gardner and Ellsbury are the same type of hitters. Who will drive them in. McCann? Tex can’t seem to play more than three games in row without some sort of injury.. And that lineup intimidates nobody. Keep the Gardner and Ellsbury off the bases. Score three runs and the game is yours.

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