Yankees feeling less urgency to put Beltran in the outfield


Before the trade deadline, the Yankees were banking on having Carlos Beltran back in the outfield relatively soon. He had been playing catch and making progress…but with the Yankees signing Martin Prado, the team suddenly isn’t feeling as much urgency in putting Beltran back into the outfield.

“I think there’s probably a little less of a, I don’t want to use ‘sense of urgency,’ but (sense) that we need to get him out there,” Joe Girardi said. “We have more options. We were carrying three outfielders for a while there. Carlos was the fourth, and then we were running infielders out there. But with Martin (Prado), who’s played a lot of outfield, and then having Ich too — we’ll make sure (Beltran)’s ready when he goes out there.”

The Yankees haven’t given up on having Beltran returning to the outfield, but it’s suddenly not a top priority.

“I think we’ll keep him throwing and see where he’s at,” Girardi said. “The one thing we don’t want to risk is him having a setback. We’ve kind of taken it day by day, but we’ll keep him throwing.”

Some Notes

— Tomorrow’s a big day in Yankee-land: Michael Pineda is making his first rehab start for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He’s slated to throw approximately 60-pitches and he’s slated to make two to three more rehab starts before returning to the ball club.

“The important thing is that he builds up and comes out of it healthy,” Girardi said. “You get 60, 65 pitches tomorrow, and then you figure five days later you’re getting close to 80. You’re starting to get pretty close. The big thing is that he responds to going out there and physically feels good. And this is further than he was before, so it makes you feel that this injury is healed.”

Brian McCann‘s not in the Yankees lineup, but it’s only because it’s a day game after a night game. Girardi also said  he liked seeing Francisco Cervelli and Shane Greene work together.

“There’s a lot of familiarity,” Girardi said. “(Greene)’s thrown the ball well with (Cervelli) back there. We’re going to give Brian days off in this 13-day stretch, so I chose today.”

— The Yankees acquiring Martin Prado basically put an end to Ichiro Suzuki being an every day player for the Yankees. It wasn’t because Ichiro played poorly (he didn’t), but Ichiro’s 40 and the Yankees need to evaluate his playing time.

 “I think at this point in the season you kind of go day by day (determining Ichiro’s playing time), but we acquired Prado to play a lot,” Girardi said.

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