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Carlos Beltran scratched from Yankees’ lineup with more elbow problems

Aug 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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Over the weekend Carlos Beltran was cleared to play the outfield for the first time since May, but now his season-long elbow problems have returned and the 37-year-old has been scratched from the Yankees’ lineup.

Beltran was slated to start tonight at designated hitter, but instead Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that he’ll be examined further by doctors. He’s been playing through bone spurs in his elbow with little success, hitting a career-low .233 with 14 homers and a .707 OPS that’s his lowest since 2003.

That poor overall production includes a current 1-for-28 (.036) slump in his last eight games and Beltran apparently tweaked his elbow on a swing Tuesday. It’s long been assumed that Beltran will undergo offseason surgery to remove the bone chips and it’s possible the Yankees will decide to shut him down early.

Beltran is under contract for $15 million in both 2015 and 2016.

  1. senioreditor2 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Could the Cardinals be any smarter??????????

  2. tbutler704 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    “Beltran is under contract for $15 million in both 2015 and 2016.”

    LOL. I know they make a fortune, but all the same. Stupid is stupid even if you’re very very rich.

  3. bronxbomber213 - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    The sad thing is the whole country saw this coming…..except Brian Cashman that is!! Now they have this dude for two
    more years and Mr. Clean behind the dish for 4 more!!! Oh and Lets not forget Tex…it takes a special brand of defiance to keep pulling balls into the shift! Id take arod batting third at third in a heartbeat right now! The offense is absolutly awful!!!! Worse than the patchwork lineup they ran out there last year and that’s after spending 450 million! It’s actually comical to type I mean Beltran is useless and McCann can’t (although he has hit better the second half) and tex is useless besides a jack here or there! Ellsbury is a leadoff hitter not a Cano type 3 hitter and asking him to be is unfair really! Combine that with the fact that nobody has the stones to bat Jeter 7th or 9th and add a guy who sat out half the season and some lackluster trade deadline acquisitions you have a lineup that is pretty soft and not intimidating at all! When Gardner has as many RBIs as Texiera and they are tied for the team lead you know your in trouble!!!

  4. trbmb - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    All of this means the outstanding GM, The Cashboy, will have his contract extended for 3 more years to ensure a 20 year run of brilliant cash distribution by the Cashboy. Which will mean a strategy to vastly spend more and more cash on bad players following this season. That is what the Cashboy has always done. Without cash, there is no skill for Cashboy.

    • jfk69 - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      He has done a masterful job filling in the pitching staff with retreads.
      Melky would have my choice at half the price. With Cano gone, the bad influence rap was a non issue. I actually believed Beltrans knees would have been an issue first. This is what happens when you sign players north of 35 whose best days are clearly behind them.

  5. jfk69 - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Sadly Tanaka will be joining him in the operating room for off season surgery. Just a matter of time.
    Beltran clearly has no pop in his bat. Whether it is the elbow or just age remains to be seen.

  6. bajamex - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Ooow no more “i dont want to run, tag me out” by Beltrán, or the classic “to hell with playing”, a lazy guy who automatically shuts himself as soon as he feels like it, and it is not something new, in his whole career he has had a reputation of being a huevonazo in caribbean baseball, similar to how nobody trusted Javier Vázquez, or how in Venezuela now they are trying to stand away from a certain triple crown player linked to some pretty pretty bad thing after being protected in the antidopings by the government (antidopings in hispanoamerica are done by government entities, and they received orders on who not to test and whose prior tests needed to be kept a secret by order of MLB).

  7. jolink653 - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Oh no, how are we gonna score 2 runs a game now without Beltran in the lineup…

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