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Beltran plays in final extended spring game

Outfielder expects to be back in Yankees' lineup over next few days
06/04/2014 1:19 PM ET
By The Associated Press

In 33 games this season, Beltran is hitting .234 with five home runs and 15 RBI.(AP)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Beltran went 1 for 5 in his final extended spring training game and could rejoin the New York Yankees starting lineup in the next few days.

Beltran, placed on the 15-day disabled list May 15 because of pain related to a bone spur in his right elbow, singled and hit two balls near the right-field fence Wednesday against Toronto minor leaguers.

The eight-time All-Star says the elbow feels fine after his third extended game. He likely will get most of his at-bats as a designated hitter.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli, on the DL since mid-April because of a strained right hamstring, could start a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Single-A Tampa. He was hitless in five at-bats in his fifth extended spring game Wednesday.

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