Veteran Outfielder May Need Surgery, Which Would Shelve Him Up To 2 Months

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Can it get any worse?

Already ravaged by injuries to three of their starting pitchers and a key reliever, the Yankees were dealt another blow on Thursday when slugger Carlos Beltran was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported.

The veteran outfielder, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract during the offseason, suffered the injury in the batting cage prior to Monday’s loss to the Mets at Yankee Stadium. He received a cortisone injection and was hoping the situation would improve.

On Thursday, Beltran told Murti he felt better but not good enough to swing a bat. He said he’s on anti-inflammatory medication and would consider a second cortisone shot.

If the situation doesn’t improve, surgery could be needed to shave the bone spur in his elbow. Beltran was told it is a six-to-eight week recovery, Murti reported.

Beltran is hitting .234 with 5 home runs and 15 RBI. Prior to getting injured he was in the throes of a 5-for-43 slump.

Beltran to DL clears the roster spot for Thursday night’s starter, Chase Whitley. To make room on the 40-man roster for Whitley, right-hander Bruce Billings was activated from the DL and designated for assignment, the Yankees announced.

Heading into their Subway Series finale on Thursday night, the Yankees were 20-19, a half-game behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. They are currently down starting pitchers Ivan Nova (Tommy John surgery, done for the season), Michael Pineda (back) and CC Sabathia (knee), plus set-up man Shawn Kelley (back) and backup catcher Francisco Cervelli (hamstring).

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