Beltran sent Joe Girardi a text message prior to batting practice to further explain his knee injury. Girardi then explained to reporters what was the issue.
“He had a little swelling in the back of his knee today,” Girardi said. “We’re going to give him a day off. I’ll find out later on if he’s available to pinch hit. He’ll see (the Indians’) doctor today and see what they think. Not a lot (of swelling), but just a little bit. He said he felt it his last swing his last at-bat yesterday. Got to give him a day off and see what we see.”
This isn’t the first time Carlos Beltran dealt with a knee injury; he had surgery in 2010. Beltran didn’t speak to the media, but he told Girardi this is something that he’s had to deal with in the past. It is weird though. Beltran suffered the injury while being the designated hitter since his arm won’t allow him to play in the outfield.
“Sometimes you can tweak it with just a swing,” Girardi said. “Sometimes a spike can get caught and it can happen. I don’t think it’s terribly unusual. … Every injury is a little bit different so we’ll have to see. He’ll see their team doctor today and see what they see.”
— Michael Pineda is still playing catch for the Yankees and Girardi said they want him to get on a mound by the end of the week.
“I’ve had a chance to talk to him on the phone,” Girardi said. “He’ll be with us tomorrow and he’ll pitch on Wednesday. He’s ready to go. Excited.”
— Shane Greene had a big league appearance before this, and while the result was ugly, Girardi was glad that Greene had gotten it out of the way.
“I think you have those butterflies,” Girardi said. “You understand what they’re all about the first time out there. Obviously this is a start too and I’m sure he’ll have some, but I think he probably has a better idea how he has to deal with it.”