MLB Quick Hits: Gardner, Beltran out for Yanks
SEP 11, 6:47a ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Mar 2 / 1:10p ET
News: Beltran will likely not make his spring debut until Friday's game against the Pirates, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Manager Joe Girardi indicated that he wants to play it cautiously with Beltran, who had bone chips and a bone spur removed from his right elbow over the offseason. Beltran still expects to be able to return to the field for the start of the season, but he'll likely be held out of the team's first three spring games to give him extra time off.
Rotowire: Feb 24 / 10:24a ET
News: Beltran has been throwing from 150 feet, and believes he'll be ready to start the season in the outfield,
Impact: Beltran underwent a procedure last September to remove a bone spur and other loose pieces from his right elbow, but has been able to throw and take swings over the offseason. While he was able to play through the injury for most of last season, it limited him to just 32 games in the outfield, but all of the early reports out of camp suggest that he's fully healthy and unrestricted. If that's the case, Beltran should be able to improve on what was one of the worst seasons of his 17 year career.
Rotowire: Jan 28 / 12:30p ET
News: Beltran (elbow) has gone through a full offseason program including hitting and throwing, and is expected to be ready by the start of spring training, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Beltran underwent elbow surgery at the end of September, but since then he's regained strength and flexibility in his right elbow. The 37-year-old dealt with the issue throughout most of the 2014 season, so he's hopeful that a return to full health could lead to a bounce-back season in 2015 after slashing just .233/.301/.402 in his first season with the Yankees.