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.
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.