New York Yankees star batsman Carlos Beltran is struggling with a reoccurring knee injury and is being assessed by the Yankees medical team day to day.
The designated hitter was left out of the Yankees line-up last night as they overcame the tricky Cleveland Indians 5-3 at Progressive Field, according to nbcsports.com. The Yankees reported some mild swelling on the back of Beltran’s right knee was enough to force manager Joe Girardi to leave out his star hitter against the Indians.
The eight-time All-Star batter had surgery on the same knee in January 2010 while at the New York Mets but it has not be confirmed whether this recent injury is directly related to the previous problem.
The 37-year-old has also been struggling with a right elbow injury this season and his batting figures have dipped from his exceptional standards. The batter joins Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia on the injury list but Beltran is expected back into the starting line up by the end of the week.
Beltran currently sits on just .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs, way below his MLB career batting average .281. Beltran was signed from St Louis Cardinals last winter on a three-year $45 million contract. The batter came off the Disabled List last month but has struggled since recovering from his elbow injury. Beltran has hit a batting average of .192 with four homers in 28 games.
Fortunately, for Beltran, his side were able to record their 45th win of the regular season against the Indians. The Yankees stormed into a 5-0 lead at the top of the third inning while their new starting pitcher Shane Greene recorded his first victory in MLB with six innings pitched going for just two runs.
The victory allowed the New York Yankees to close in on Toronto Blue Jays (47-44) in second place in the American League East division.
Baltimore Orioles (49-40) currently sit top of the division, three games ahead of both the Yankees and the Blue Jays.
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