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Carlos Beltran likely to have elbow surgery as soon as the Yankees’ season is over

Sep 4, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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For most of the season it’s been assumed that Carlos Beltran would undergo offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow and Wednesday the Yankees outfielder/designated hitter made that all but official.

Beltran has battled elbow problems for months and told Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger that he’ll likely go under the knife shortly after the Yankees’ season is over. The recovery timetable is around two months, so Beltran will have plenty of time to get ready for spring training and try to bounce back in 2015 following a rough first season with the Yankees.

He’s hit just .241 with 15 homers and a .725 OPS after topping an .825 OPS in each of the previous three seasons and has been limited mostly to DH duties. Based on his performance, age, and injury situation the 37-year-old Beltran would probably struggle to get more than an incentive-laden one-year contract on the open market as a free agent this winter, but instead he’s still got two years and $30 million remaining on his deal with the Yankees.

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  1. cincinata - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    He is a very expensive player, but the Yanks can afford it. Too bad this guy is near the end, he was a good player for many. I think he killed the Reds while in STL.

    • cohnjusack - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Meh. He hit .235 with a .751 OPS against the Reds in 2012.

      2013 was better, a .889 OPS. Really good, but not exactly “killing”

      • cincinata - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Timing is everything. He hit when he had to, as I recall. And, he was surprisingly good on “D” despite the bad knee.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        He was crushing the ball until he ran into, and fell over, the wall in TB. After then the power disappeared 😦 (happened early in the year, so who knows if it was just a SSS or the elbow injury really screwed him up).

    • 78mu - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I loved watching him play for the Cards the prior two years (especially when he see him take that easy left-handed swing and see the ball sail over the right field fence). But anyone that watched him play knew he was not able to cover much ground in the OF and was a slight bump from a stay on the DL. So why did the Yankees give him 3 years when they already had other candidates for DH.

      As much as I liked him in St. Louis it was obvious he was not the player he was with the Mets. I hope he can finish his contract on a high note and get some HOF consideration. But unless he gets healthy and hits better he’ll be lucky to stay at replacement level.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    As far as “killing it,” this has probably put him on the “under” for HOF chances, too.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      I heard a rumor that someone suggested that Beltran was once friends with a guy who told another guy that Beltran has bad acne on his back. The safest thing to do is not vote for him.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      I was just, briefly, looking at some numbers and Beltran compares well with Dave Winfield.

  3. sportsfan18 - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Very good player and seems like a decent guy…

    But just playing the averages… when a player becomes that old, things like this, seasons like this become more likely than when they’re 27…

    Yanks wanted, hoped and expected for more production from him… but it’s better to not put so much hope, want and expectation into so many older players…

    They’ll still be counting on Carlos next season… Arod too as he’ll be back… C.C. and Tex who while not old is a lot older than his age with all his injuries throughout the years…

    At least they don’t have to count on a 40 yr old shortstop and a 40 yr old Ichiro next season though…

    21 of the 40 players on their 40 man roster are 30 yrs or older…

    So it isn’t some who are older, it’s technically MOST who are older and the 40 man roster of course INCLUDES minor leaguers…

    7 of the 8 players listed as infielders on their 40 man roster are 30 yrs old or older… the lone youngin’ is 27 yrs old… And that doesn’t include Arod as he’s on the suspended list. Count him as an infielder and it’s 8 or 9 who are 30 and older…

    Way too old of a team.

    The “old” Phillies have 17 of 40 who are 30 or older to the 21 of the Yankees…

    The Tigers have 14 of their 40 who are 30 or older…

    The Red Sox have 14 and that includes Ryan Dempster…

  4. pisano - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Why wait, it’s not like he’s knocking the cover off the ball. I feel he’s been a big disappointment, for 15mil a year the Yankees didn’t get what they paid for.

  5. tommyg2012 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Hope his surgery goes well. Can we dump him right after. Yankees need to get Younger.

  6. edelmanfanclub - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The yankees giving out a bad contract? You don’t say. I guess this season for Beltran wasn’t expected after last year, but you got to expect a decline and any deal that ends when the player is over 36 usually ends poorly.

    • cincinata - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Just like the Angels. They got lots of money, so why not throw it away?

  7. bmadormo - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    They have to hope the surgery helps- he really was a colossal disappointment

    • cincinata - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Well, he is old. I wonder what the Yanks were thinking. This worked a little better than other buys, but not much.

  8. Mikhel - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    So… next week?

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