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Pregame notes: Beltran out with right knee swelling

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 07, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Carlos Beltran

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.”

Brian McCann• 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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30 Responses to “Pregame notes: Beltran out with right knee swelling”

  1. UnKnown July 7th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    can anybody tell me why Soriano was released yesterday when he didn’t really have to be released until today why did we play with 24 man roster yesterday

  2. BoJo July 7th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Chad—please see several comments on prior post.

  3. RayVT July 7th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 7th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    You are quite funny & your remarks are quite simplistic! If CR ever adapts his skills to your namesake, good luck! What you don’t seem to get is CR has taken down many folks here 1 by 1 in a very personal way. I was told that LoHud had no means to figure him out. He was the reason that LoHud went to IDs here.

    I will remember your words if he does.

    **Also on your last post I saw, Trisha befriended CR long before CR did anything on LoHud. She had known him for months before he started dishing out his acts.**

  4. G. Love July 7th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Warning GF that he better watch himself? Really?

    That’s a great way to convince him and everyone else that what happened was a honest mistake.

  5. Giuseppe Franco July 7th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t want to continue the Trisha stuff here. I’ve expressed my thoughts on the last thread so that’s the end of it for me.

  6. G. Love July 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm


    Maybe they didn’t want to pay for Soriano’s hotel suite & room service bill in Cleveland. Hal’s gotta eat too.

  7. mick July 7th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Warning GF that he better watch himself? Really?
    Just asking. Who said that? Can you paste that here where others can see? Or not..

  8. bbb51 July 7th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The hits just keep on coming. ..

  9. mick July 7th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The hits and runs.

  10. MTU July 7th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

  11. mick July 7th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Got awfully quiet here MTU, didn’t it?

  12. MTU July 7th, 2014 at 6:59 pm


    Enjoy the game.

  13. tomingeorgia July 7th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Mister MTU,
    Bad times in East Nowhere. The town is dead, and so am I.


  14. mick July 7th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    May be a boycott of the IGT is warranted.

  15. egk July 7th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Maybe if Beltran didn’t come to spring training looking like Porky the Pig, he wouldn’t be so injury prone? At his age he needs to do everything he can to be in shape.

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