Carlos Beltran playing right field for the first time since May 11

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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.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.