The Yankee lineup could see a much needed boost tomorrow. According to manager Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran has finished up his third extended Spring Training game and should be ready to rejoin the team Thursday.
“We’ll make a decision (Thursday),” Girardi told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, “see how he feels and he could be back in the lineup tomorrow.”
Beltran has been out since May 15 with bone spurs in his right elbow. At first it was feared that he would need surgery to remove the bone spurs which would have sidelined him for about two months. After going 1-5 last night in his last rehab game, Beltran expressed that he didn’t have any pain in his elbow. He is expected to DH when he returns in order to make sure his elbow is alright before they put him back in right field. Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro will split time in right in the meantime. Having Carlos’s bat back in the lineup is exactly what the stagnant Yankee offense needs.