Yankees place Carlos Beltran on the disabled list

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Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is headed to the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow.

Beltran hyperextended his elbow while taking swings during Monday’s game and an MRI exam revealed the bone spur. He took a cortisone shot in an effort to avoid the disabled list, but the Yankees ultimately decided to shut down the 37-year-old.

Beltran was off to a slow start in the first season of a three-year, $45 million contract, hitting just .234 with five homers and a .715 OPS in 33 games. He’s said that surgery may be needed eventually, but he’ll try to hold off on that until the offseason.

Ichiro Suzuki figures to pick up the most playing in Beltran’s absence, assuming of course that the 40-year-old Ichiro can avoid more issues with his sore back and knee. It’s hard out there for old outfielders in New York.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.