Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday to Chad Jennings of The Journal News that veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to lingering discomfort in his right elbow. The Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday after losing 9-5 to the O’s and only have four games left on their regular-season schedule.
Beltran — who appeared in just one game after announcing September 17 that his wife had a miscarriage — can now go ahead with his scheduled offseason surgery to remove painful bone spurs from his right elbow.
He should be fully healthy for the start of spring training next February and will look to bounce back in his second year of a three-year, $45 million deal with New York. The 37-year-old batted just .233/.301/.402 with 15 home runs and 49 games in 109 games this season for the Yankees after batting .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI across 145 games in 2013 for the Cardinals. He turns 38 years old next April.