Beltran hopes cortisone shot keeps him away from in-season surgery

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If there’s one thing that’s certain about Carlos Beltran‘s injury, it’s this: He’s going to need surgery at some point to remove the old bone spur in his elbow. The thing that’s uncertain is if the cortisone shot he took can mask the pain and prolong the surgery to the offseason.

“If the cortisone does the job and I don’t feel no pain, there’s no concern at all,” Beltran said. “I just hope it just goes away. Maybe having the surgery, I would be disappointed if I have to have the surgery and take it out and miss time, but at the end of the day, I’m hoping for the best.”

The Yankees are hoping that if Beltran needs surgery during the season, it’s not season ending, and it seems they’re waiting to see if the cortisone shot kicks in before they place him on the disabled list.

“I think you have to give the cortisone shot a chance to work,” Girardi said. “They believe it’s an old bone spur. It’s aggravating his elbow now. If in a couple of days he doesn’t feel better, then my level of concern would be pretty high.”

“If in two or three days I’m not able to go to the cage and take the swings that I normally take, then we have to make another decision,” Beltran added.

Some Notes

— With Shawn Kelley on the disabled list, the Yankees are going to Adam Warren to be the set-up man and Dellin Betances will be the seventh inning guy–you know, if the bullpen doesn’t implode before then. We haven’t seen David Robertson in a game in about four days.

CC Sabathia is being seen by Dr. James Andrews today. This is just for CC’s peace of mind, not because the Yankees sent him.

— The Yankees still do not have a starter for Thursday but it seems the Yankees are open to using Alfredo Aceves, despite him being used last night. If not Aceves, it could be Chase Whitley making the start.

— Here’s today’s “Stat Pack” notes!

1) 1B Mark Teixeira has 7HR and 16RBI this season in just 23G played, marking his career high in HR and tying his career high in RBI (also 2011)

2) In Monday’s loss vs. the Mets, LF Brett Gardner hit the seventh grand slam in the history of the Subway Series (fifth by a Yankee, also Matsui-2, A. Rodriguez-1, Teixeira-1)… was the first Subway Series slam since Mark Teixeira off Johan Santana on 6/20/10 at Yankee Stadium, providing the margin of victory in a 4-0 Yankees win.

3) : C John Ryan Murphy celebrates his 23rd birthday today (DOB: 5/13/91)… has hit safely in each of his last six games with an at-bat since 4/25, batting .526 (10-for-
19) with 2R, 1 double, 1HR and 5RBI over the stretch.

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