Carlos Beltran's throwing program shut down because of tightness in forearm

Carlos Beltran of the Yankees strikes out with Carlos Beltran of the Yankees strikes out with two runners on base to end the top of first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 11, 2014 in Seattle. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Otto Greule Jr

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TORONTO - Carlos Beltran's throwing program has been shut down and there's no telling when, if at all this season, the outfielder will be able to play the field.

The veteran experienced what he called "tightness" in his right forearm after a throwing session Sunday at the Stadium and he won't test his right elbow, which has a bone spur in it, for the foreseeable future.

"I'm trying to do everything I can to get ready and put myself in the outfield but . . . the throwing program was going well until that day [Sunday] I felt tightness in my forearm," Beltran said before Tuesday night's game.

Beltran said he does not feel tightness while at the plate, good news in that he can DH, but bad news in that it lessens Joe Girardi's flexibility. "You'd like to be able to rotate the DH a little bit," Girardi said. "But right now we can't do it."

 

Good step for CC

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CC Sabathia told The Associated Press he had "no issues" after pitching in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday morning in Tampa and that he's slated to pitch again this weekend, likely in a Gulf Coast League game.

While acknowledging a return for Sabathia is "getting closer," Girardi said a return before the All-Star break is unlikely, which makes sense as the lefthander probably needs at least four, and probably more, rehab starts before being big-league ready.

 

Tough business

The Yankees have consistently had some of the top offenses in Kevin Long's tenure, which started in 2007, but the difficulties this season have the hitting coach as a target. "I think he's tremendous at what he does," Girardi said. "I don't think he should [take heat], but that's the nature of the business."

 

Banuelos to DL

 

Manny Banuelos was scratched from his scheduled start Monday for Double-A Trenton and was placed on the DL, retroactive to June 19, with blisters, according to the Yankees.

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