An elbow issue has limited Carlos Beltran to designated hitter duties since he came off the disabled list in early June, but Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that he will make his return to right field this afternoon against the Rays.
Beltran hasn’t played right field since May 11 and hasn’t started there since May 10. He’s still dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, but he apparently feels good enough to give it a go.
After signing a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees over the winter, Beltran is batting .240/.296/.429 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI over 87 games this season. The 37-year-old enters Saturday’s action with just one hit in his last 18 at-bats, but he’s hitting .289 with seven homers and an .833 OPS over his last 34 games.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.