For the last few days, Carlos Beltran had been doing tee and toss with Kevin Long. Today he took a short round of batting practice and reported no issues in his elbow. For the first time since May 12, the first time he addressed the media with this issue, Beltran feels he could legitimately avoid elbow surgery which could have set him back to either the end of July to August.
“I’m happy, honestly,” Beltran said. “These few days have been tough because I’ve been going seeing doctors, seeing (Dr. James) Andrews. The doctor said it was a 50-50 chance (of avoiding surgery). The 50-50 chance means that I’m glad I’m on this 50 percent. I’m happy about that.”
“I don’t think you’re out of the woods,” Girardi said. “I think he has to go through rehab games where you all types of things happen: where you swing and miss, or you get fooled, or you get out in front of a ball. I think you’re going to have to go through some of that. And you could go through rehab games, and you still may not know. The only way to find out if we can get him into games is if we get him in games.”
There’s no timetable as to when Beltran could return but if he continues to show progress, he could be in minor league games fairly soon.
– After sitting out the three games, Mark Teixeira returned to the Yankees lineup tonight and he said his wrist is feeling a lot better than it was a few days ago.
“You still feel it,” Teixeira said. “But I feel the normal soreness whatever that I feel every day, which is what I’ve been feeling since Spring Training. … Pain and soreness are different. It was painful last week. This is just the normal soreness that you’ve got to fight through the year after surgery.”
– Shawn Kelley threw a 25-pitch bullpen session today and reported no problems. If Kelley’s back is fine, he’ll throw another bullpen session on Sunday.
– CC Sabathia is going to see Dr. Ahmad about his knee just to discuss how they’re going to proceed with his rehab.
– Phil Hughes spoke to the media for the first time since joining the Twins and he knows he’ll get a negative reception on Sunday. He also spoke about how he felt when he heard Derek Jeter was retiring.
“I was kind of surprised at first when I heard it, but I’m glad he’s doing it on his own terms. It’s kind of nice he’s going to get the sendoff like Mariano did last year. … I thought he’d hang on for a few more years, so that kind of came as a shock to me. If he feels like the time is right, he knows better than anybody.”