Carlos Beltran left last night’s game during the fifth inning with an undisclosed injury that occurred in the middle of his second at-bat. After the game, Joe Girardi said Beltran had an undisclosed rib injury with no given timetable for a return.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and we’ll make a decision on what we’re going to do,” Girardi said following last night’s 2-1 loss against the Los Angeles Angels. “He says it probably wouldn’t bother him swinging left-handed; we’ll just have to see how he feels tomorrow.”
Beltran said he felt tightness in his ribcage during the opening game of the series, but didn’t say anything until he felt a pinch while trying to foul off a ball. The Yankees hope Beltran can at least play in the series finale, considering it’s too late to call someone up from Triple-A and send them to Los Angeles. If Beltran can’t play, the Yankees could find themselves with a two-man bench. But Beltran hopes the situation eventually doesn’t turn into a DL stint.
“I hope not, no,” he said. “The way I feel right now, I don’t think so. But tomorrow will be the day where, once I go to the cage, once I test it out, then I will know where I am.
“If I worry about how tight I feel, then you don’t play. As a ballplayer, every day you feel something. I decided to play through it, and I was fine.”