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 Mets have reportedly offered their managerial position to Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to multiple reports from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The three-year deal was accepted and is expected to be finalized today, though the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Callaway, 42, got his start in coaching back in 2010 for the Indians’ Single-A affiliate, where he helped the Lake County Captains to their first Midwest League title. He was promoted to a coaching position in High-A in 2011 and finally advanced to a big league role in 2013, where he helped guide the Indians’ pitching staff through five winning seasons and three postseason runs. Their success serves as a ringing endorsement: they’ve consistently ranked among the top ten rotations in MLB and led the league with a collective 23.1 fWAR and second-best 3.52 ERA in 2017.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Mets, whose cadre of powerhouse pitchers has weathered numerous injuries to Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat muscle), Matt Harvey (stress reaction in right shoulder), Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm) and Steven Matz (ulnar nerve irritation) over the last year. While they’re preparing to take on a manager with no prior managerial experience, it doesn’t look like that’ll be an issue for Callaway.