Yankees slugger Beltran leaves with tight hamstring

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NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran has left the New York Yankees’ game against Texas with a tight right hamstring.

The 39-year-old slugger was lifted after hitting a sharp single in the first inning Tuesday night. A few innings later, the Yankees announced Beltran was undergoing an MRI exam.

Beltran has been by far the best hitter in a struggling New York lineup this season. He began the night batting .294 with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Batting right-handed against lefty Cole Hamels, Beltran pulled a line drive into the left-field corner and broke well out of the batter’s box. But he pulled up after rounding first and went back to the bag even when the ball initially eluded left fielderRyan Rua.

Manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue came out to check on Beltran, who crouched behind first base before walking back to the dugout with Donohue.

Beltran was replaced by pinch runner Rob Refsnyder, who took over in right field for Beltran as well.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.