Last night, the New York Yankees got a scare when outfielder Carlos Beltran removed himself from the game due to an hyperextension of his right elbow. Now, there are more pressing concerns for one of the Yankees’ biggest acquisitions.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Beltran received a cortisone shot in his elbow last night to try to relieve the pain of a bone spur he has in that area that was discovered via a MRI. YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits also pointed out that Beltran will wait 2-3 days to see if the shot works for a bone spur that he has been playing with without knowing. Otherwise, Beltran is looking at a DL stint and possibly surgery to remove the spur.
Beltran has not been the same player that he was in the first month of the season. After hitting .263 in the month of April with five home runs, the veteran is hitting just .152 this month with two RBI’s. The last time Beltran hit a home run was on April 22nd against the Boston Red Sox, which is a span of 47 at-bats.
The Bronx Bombers will now wait and hope that Beltran does not need the DL stint considering they will need his bat in the lineup with the struggles of Brian McCann and the tired legs of Mark Teixeira.
Whatever the news ends up being by the end of the week, this is not the start that Beltran was hoping for when he signed the 3 year, $45 million contract to return to New York.