Beltran missed 22 games (May 12 - June 6) with a bone spur in his right elbow. His right knee was surgically repaired in 2010. Girardi said of Beltrain, who has eight hits in his last 30 at-bats, "He's been swinging the bat better. Obviously, he's a switch-hitter that we put between our lefties and has power. He's a run producer...Hopefully, we get him back in there tomorrow."
Beltran, now in the 17th season of a possible Hall-of-Fame career, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1995 (2nd round) and made his debut September 14, 1998 at age 21. He was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .293/.337/.454 and playing centerfield. He was selected to All-Star Game rosters eight times, once with the Royals (2004), five times with the Mets (2005,6,8,9,11) and twice with the Cardianals (2012,13). He has three Gold Glove awards, two Silver Sluggers, and many MVP votes through the years.
The 37-year-old outfielder has an injury list as long as his award list, the most recent (and most notable) being the bruised ribcase he suffered robbing David Ortiz of a Grand Slam in the 2013 World Series (video here). A free agent after that Series, Beltran signed a three-year $45 million contract with the Yankees that takes him through 2016.
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