Here’s some Yankees notes before this afternoon’s matinee against the Houston Astros. By the way, this is a game the Yankees need to win; they’ve lost four of their last five games against the Astros this season and they’re five games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second American League Wild Card spot.
Carlos Beltran: Carlos Beltran went to see the Yankees doctor yesterday evening and he received his third cortisone shot of the season. The Yankees say he is day-to-day, but Beltran is aiming to play on Friday, should his elbow cooperate. One thing is certain: Beltran will have surgery in the offseason to get rid of the bone spurs in his elbow. The spurs have caused an issue for Beltran and the Yankees, and you’d have to wonder once he has the surgery if he’ll be ready for Spring Training.
David Phelps: Joe Girardi said yesterday David Phelps had played catch and felt nothing in his elbow. He also said when Phelps returns, he won’t be in the rotation; instead he’ll be in the Yankees bullpen. The move is understandable, considering the pen has been overworked of late and having Phelps in the pen will provide the Yankees some sort of insurance.