Beltran day-to-day after cortisone shot in elbowMRI on Monday night revealed an aggravated bone spur
"Right now I'm sore," he said prior to Tuesday's game. "I'm hoping that the cortisone shot will take the pain away and I can keep playing, but if it doesn't get better, they may need to take it out."
The bone spur is something that he's had for a while, Beltran said, but it didn't affect him until he felt a sharp pain while swinging in the indoor cages after his third at-bat on Monday night. After another pair of swings produced the same pain, he told manager Joe Girardi that he would be unable to continue.
"I take a lot of swings, but I hadn't felt anything before that," he said. "I've been playing with the bone spur, but I just felt it yesterday. I've never had issues with my elbow before that."
Beltran will need two to three days to see if the cortisone shot works, but admitted that he will likely eventually need surgery to remove the spur - he's just hoping that it can be put off until the offseason, saying he wants to do "everything possible" to keep playing.
"If it doesn't do any it doesn't do any good, I might need to go ahead and get that done during the season, but (having surgery) would be very disappointing," Beltran said. "I'll give myself a couple days to get better and see if the shot works, but if I can't swing in a couple days, I asked if I could maybe have another one somewhere else in the elbow to see if it works. The trainer is going to see if I can, but right now we're hoping this one does the job and I'm hoping for the best."
His skipper is also hoping from the best, and like Beltran, won't worry about the surgery option only if it's the last one.
"I think we have to give the shot a chance to work, but it's aggravating, and it he doesn't feel any better in a couple of days, then my level of concern will go up," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They've had success with (cortisone shots for bone spurs) in the past and guys have gotten through the year and been able to play at a high level. We'll have to wait and see."
With Beltran day-to-day and Ichiro also still unavailable Tuesday because of lingering back soreness, the Yankees have recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as the fourth outfielder for at least the next few days.