When Carlos Beltran was asked if he’d think he’d be able to play tonight after flipping over the right field wall in last night’s 10-2 victory over the Rays, Beltran said he’d have to see how he felt in the morning. Almost 24 hours since the incident happened, Beltran is out of the Yankees lineup and feeling sore. He had x-rays on his wrist and shoulder, which he said took majority of the blow when he fell into the security area, with both x-rays coming back negative. Beltran hopes to play in Saturday’s night game.
“I’m lucky. Honestly, I’m lucky,” Beltran said. “I laughed after because I was like, ‘You know what? This could’ve been real bad.’”
Beltran didn’t take batting practice with the rest of the team, and it seems the Yankees are going to play it safe with the 36-year old veteran. Ichiro will make the start in right field tonight.
The Yankees initially worried Beltran was hurt when he went over the wall last night, but they’re glad they were able to dodge a bullet with Beltran. They’d rather he only miss one game instead of 15.
“It’s really encouraging,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We don’t want him to be out for a long period of time. We’ve just got to get him to where he’s feeling a little bit better.”
– The pitchers took batting practice today (that’s not a typo) and the standout was Michael Pineda. He hit a towering home run into the left field bleachers that went about 15-20 rows back.
– David Robertson did some PFP today and felt good. He’s still on track to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.
– Mark Teixeira did another extended Spring rehab game: he went 1-for-5 and the minor leaguers even used the shift against him. He’s encouraged with how he’s doing and he’s still on track to come off the DL on Sunday.
– Brendan Ryan started doing extended Spring training games as well, and he believes he could be back with the Yankees as early as late next week.
– Girardi still hasn’t announced a starter for Sunday’s game but he did say he was leaning towards Vidal Nuno.