Joe Girardi wouldn’t entirely commit to having Carlos Beltran in the lineup on Friday, but he hasn’t ruled it out barring a setback from Beltran’s elbow injury. Beltran is slated to play a third game in extended Spring Training today and for the most part his rehab is going well. He’s took at-bats from the left side in his first rehab game and took at-bats from the right side in his second game. It seems Beltran is making progress, and he’s giving Girardi something to consider when it comes to removing Beltran off the disabled list.
It’s possible,’’ Girardi said about Beltran returning to the Yankees in time for the road trip. “It’s fair to see how he does these three or four days, but I don’t think it’s out of the question.’’
The Yankees usually send their players to minor league rehab games, but Beltran is the exception. Brian Cashman and Girardi are treating these extended Spring Training games as minor league games just so Beltran won’t have to endure extensive traveling.
“If it’s OK he could come early or need more time,’’ Cashman said. “It depends on what they see.’’
The Yankees could surely use Beltran in their lineup, considering the offense has been rather sluggish in the last week. The Yankees already added Mark Teixeira to the lineup after he sat out with a wrist injury. It wouldn’t hurt to add Beltran in the fold.
Before Beltran went on the DL, he was hitting .296 with five home runs and 11 RBI’s in 18 games.