Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since Tuesday due to a bone spur in his right elbow and the Yankees are all but out of the playoff race, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that the veteran slugger still plans to wait until the season is over before having surgery.
Beltran, who has been dealing with the injury since May, resumed swinging a bat yesterday and felt some improvement. He has already received three cortisone shots and won’t get a fourth, so how much he plays the rest of the way will mostly be a matter of pain tolerance. While there’s a strong case to be made to simply shut him down now, surgery is expected to carry a two-month rehab and he should be ready for spring training next year whether he waits or not.
After signing a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees last winter, Beltran has batted just .236/.305/.409 batting line with 15 home runs and 49 RBI over 105 games this season. He’ll be 38 next April.