Carlos Beltran sent a text message to Joe Girardi today, and that begins to explain why Beltran’s out of the lineup tonight. Beltran’s text as an unexpected health update.
“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.”
Knee issues are nothing knew for Beltran. He had knee surgery in January of 2010, and although Beltran did not speak to the media today, Girardi said that Beltran has told the Yankees that he’s dealt with this sort of swelling in the past. The expectation seems to be that it will go away fairly quickly.
It’s worth remembering that Beltran suffered this injury while being strictly a hitter. He hasn’t played the field in weeks.
“Sometimes you can tweak it with just a swing,” Giradri 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.”
• Without Beltran, and without Alfonso Soriano, Brian McCann is getting a turn at designated hitter while Francisco Cervelli gets another start behind the plate. Girardi said he thought a DH day would be a nice way to limit the stress on McCann’s sore foot. “Today he said he felt good,” Girardi said. “I just said, well this is a way to keep it that way.”
• Michael Pineda is still playing catch, and Girardi said the plan is still to have him possibly get off a mound by the end of the week.
• Francisco Cervelli only caught two Triple-A games during his rehab assignment, and Shane Greene didn’t pitch in either of those. Seemed like that might be another perk to having Cervelli behind the plate tonight. It’s not.
• New starter Brandon McCarthy is not with the Yankees yet. He’s supposed to report tomorrow, at which point the Yankees will have to make a move to activated him. “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.”
• Not sure why, but Scott Sizemore has been added to the temporarily inactive list with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wouldn’t seem like a particularly big deal, but Sizemore is surely a candidate to come up and join the Yankees later this week when they go back to a four-man bench instead of carrying 13 pitches.
• Speaking of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reliever Jose Ramirez has been added to the Triple-A disabled list and lefty Francisco Rondon has been called up from Double-A to Triple-A.
• In his only previous big league appearance, Greene faced five batters, retired only one of them and walked three of them. Girardi said he’s happy Greene got that first-time experience out of the way, even if the result was ugly. “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.”
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