Yankees News: Beltran Leaves Team To Deal With Personal Matter
Sep 9, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Following Tuesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees announced that outfielder Carlos Beltran has left the team to deal with an undisclosed personal matter. The team didn’t say when to expect a return from the slugger.
As previously stated, the matter has not been made public and no reports seem to have the slightest idea as to what it is. However, the one fact that’s undeniable is that 2014 hasn’t been kind to the eight-time all-star.
Beltran’s Yankee career began with a .216/.271/.401 first half which also included a bone spur in his right elbow in mid-May. He had two choices: undergo season-ending surgery or play through the pain. He opted for the latter option and went on to play 108 excruciating games this season, the last appears to have come on Monday.
Overall, he hit .239/.303/.406 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 399 at-bats. He will undergo elbow surgery once the season is over. Beltran’s first year in his huge signing this past offseason has to be looked at as a failure. Many questioned Cashman when Beltran was signed to a three-year deal entering his age 37 season, and now it appears the skeptics may be right. The Yankees have Beltran under contract through the 2016 season. They are on the hook for $45 million over that span.
Though nobody has any clue what the personal matter is, Yanks Go Yard would like to wish Carlos Beltran the best of luck this offseason and a healthy 2015 season.