It has been a frustrating year for Carlos Beltran to say the least. He’s hitting .220 on the season, and .164 since he came off the DL. Despite his age, a lot was expected from Beltran when he signed a 3-year, $45 million contract this past off-season.
Beltran’s tenderness in his right elbow and forearm have bothered him for some time now, and it has forced him to concentrate solely on hitting. Despite all of this and his struggling bat, Beltran does not want to come out of the lineup because he wants to compete.
“It is frustrating,” Beltran told the New York Post. “Not being able to be in the field and having to deal with this and now the forearm, it takes [a lot] mentally, for me to come to the ballpark, get treatment, go to the [training room], [the] whole routine I need to do to get ready for the game. I need to find a way to not think about it and just focus on what I need to focus on. Go out and compete and fight.”
Not playing the field is something the 37-year-old outfielder is not used to. Being a DH is a lot different in a player’s mind.
“Being a DH, you get your at-bats, then you go to the cage to try to stay warm, do a lot of things. Just need to find a way, if that’s what it’s going to be, find a way to have a better approach,” Beltran said.
Beltran’s struggles and injuries are not helping a Yankee team that has been struggling at the plate and in the rotation. It’s possible Beltran could decide to have surgery, but considering his competitiveness and the fact that his career is coming to an end soon, Beltran will continue to take on his latest challenge.