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.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.