Beltran and Girardi discuss DL stint

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Carlos Beltran seemed disappointed that he was going on the disabled list following issues with his elbow, but he knew that there was no way he was going to be able to play within the next few days.

“It’s frustrating, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing I can do about it,” Beltran said. “I just have to find a way to get better and get back.

“Right now, they gave me some cortisone pills by mouth to try to make it better, and let’s say if in 15 days it doesn’t get better, we have to talk about making another decision.”

Beltran knows that surgery is an option for him, but he’d like to avoid it for as long as he can. Once his DL stint is over, he’ll discuss the matter with the Yankees if his elbow isn’t better by then. But, why didn’t the Yankees elect for surgery right away once they found out about the bone spurs?

“I think you have to give the treatment and medicine some time to work, but I guess if it gets to that point, they’ll make the decision when they think its right,” Joe Girardi said. “How much better it’s going to get over the next 13 or so days, none of us really know until we go through it.”

Some Notes

— The New York Mets honored Derek Jeter before today’s game–including a cake from Carlos Bakery and a $22,222,222 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

— Yangervis Solarte was a hot topic for Joe Girardi during his press conference, especially after he hit a home run in yesterday’s 4-0 win. Oh, did I mention the home run while Solarte was on one knee?!

“Our club went and got him because they thought he could have an impact as an extra player for us – being a switch-hitter, playing second and third base, he was going get every opportunity to be a utility guy for us,” Girardi said. “They liked what they saw. I’m not so sure anyone would have predicted the impact that he’s had in the first six weeks, but if you watched him day in and day out in spring training, we’re seeing a lot of what we saw in spring training.”

— Here’s today’s “Stat Pack” notes!

1) T: Both of tonight’s starters, RHP Chase Whitley for the Yankees and RHP Jacob deGrom for the Mets will be making their Major League debuts… the last time the
Yankees were involved in a game in which both starters were making their big league debuts was 10/6/1908 at Boston when the Highlanders’ Andy O’Connor faced off against the Red Sox’s Doc McMahon at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds.

2) With a 6-0 record, RHP Masahiro Tanaka is the first Yankees rookie to win his first
six decisions as a starter since Whitey Ford went 9-0 in 12GS in 1950… is the first pitcher to win his first six decisions as a starter with the Yankees since Aaron Small went 8-0 in his first 9GS with the club in 2005 (Small played for five teams before joining the Yankees).

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