Apr 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees are close to getting back Carlos Beltran from the disabled list


New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is still progressing nicely through rehab, and according to ESPNNewYork.com, he is heading down to Tampa this week to start playing in rehab games, and could rejoin the Yankees’ lineup later this week.

Beltran says that he hopes the join the Yankees on their upcoming road trip, which starts on Friday in Kansas City.

“I feel really good, I have no discomfort,” Beltran said. “I will be heading to Tampa this afternoon to start rehab games tomorrow. I am a hundred percent, I have no pain and that was basically what we were trying to achieve with the treatment and cortisone shots.”

Joe Girardi told ESPN New York that the bone spur in Beltran’s elbow is currently displaced, but could soon become dislodged, which would certainly cause him to need surgery, though Beltran still believes surgery during the season won’t be needed.

“When I went to see [Dr. James] Andrews, he told me there was a 50 percent chance that I would have to undergo surgery, and 50 percent that I would not, depending on whether the cortisone did its job,” he said. “Now we have to hope that the pain does not come back down the road. The important thing is that I am making progress. I’m positive, I’m calm, I’m working hard and I’m taking care of the things I can control.”

Beltran has been on the DL since May 12 after initially hyper-extending his right elbow in the middle of a game, but MRI results later showed that he had bones spurs in the elbow, and that it could potentially require surgery to clean out. However, Beltran opted against surgery right away, and has been trying to work his way back without hitting the operating table.

Beltran was struggling before landing on the DL a few weeks ago, hitting .234/.286/.430 on the season after getting off to a good start, but the Yankees could really use him back in their lineup with the lack of offense they have been displaying the past couple of weeks. The Yankees only managed three hits against former pinstriper Phil Hughes on Sunday, as the Twins scored six runs in the 9th to take down the Yankees, 7-2.

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