ST. PETERSBURG — Carlos Beltran returned to the Yankees lineup Mon night, and though it has been a painful first season with the membership, the veteran slugger is trying to end strong before having surgery on his ailing suitable elbow.
In the first year of the three-year, $45 million deal, Beltran has been restricted to just 32 games inside outfield because a bone spur as part of his elbow. He said that the pain is actually tolerable, but that the Yankees probably will not ask him to cv throwing this year, so if they plays, it will be as a given hitter.
Its been tough, guy, honestly speaking, claimed Beltran, who pinch-hit and struck available Sunday night after certainly not playing since Sept. Being unfaithful. The whole situation where I never been able to feel good, that im dealing with pain sometimes — its hard on your mind every day when you awaken and you feel it.
Youre like, gentleman, Ive got to try to find a way.A The good thing is, once this is more than, its going to be fixed, and I dont need to worry about it again.
Manager Person Girardi said that his expectation would be that the 37-year-old Beltran will be able to return to the All-Star form he showed last year together with the Cardinals, a season that incorporated his first appearance within a World Series.
Carlos has given us all everything hes got, Girardi mentioned. Hes gotten beat up this year.
The relaxation time following the procedure are going to be approximately two months, so Beltran is predicted to be ready for Early spring Training.
The season as a whole was obviously a letdown for Beltran, who as soon as met with George L. Steinbrenner back in 2005 to claim his desire to play within pinstripes, then finally done that goal this year.
Disappointing, however its all right, Beltran said. Ive also been here before.