Carlos Beltran expected to return to Yankees on Thursday


Some good news here for the 29-28 Yankees.

According to’s Bryan Hoch, veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran will meet up with the Yankees on Thursday in Oakland and could be activated from the disabled list for Thursday afternoon’s series-finale against the A’s.

Beltran has been hitting and fielding in games at extended spring training for the past several days and has experienced no major discomfort in his right elbow. He’s been on the shelf since being diagnosed with painful bone spurs in mid-May. The initial worry was the Beltran might need surgery to correct the problem, but he’s going to try to play through it.

Beltran was batting .234/.286/.430 with five home runs and 15 RBI over his first 33 games in pinstripes.

He signed a three-year, $45 million free agent contract with New York this past offseason.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.