Joe Girardi said he's convinced "there's a lot of good baseball" left in Carlos Beltran and plans to continue putting the veteran in the lineup.
"We've seen Carlos hit some balls hard," Girardi said before Monday night's game, one in which Beltran served as the DH and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. "Obviously, it's still in there. It's just he's going through a hard month."
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Beltran, 38, entered the game hitting .161 with a .226 on-base percentage, zero homers and seven RBIs.
Girardi mentioned the number of balls Beltran has hit hard in answering a question about seeing potential signs that the rightfielder is "done.''
"Carlos will tell you when he's done," he said. "It's not our job to tell him when he's done. He's going to let us know."
Girardi, a career .267 hitter, said he's never lost sight of the fact that slumps are a part of a difficult game.
"Personally, I went through it, and I was never even close to the hitter Carlos is," Girardi said. "There are months that are tough. I think the important thing is you continue to send him out there and understand that he's going to turn it around and he's going to be a big part of our offense. I have confidence that he's going to get going and you just need to keep running him out there."
Ellsbury returnsJacoby Ellsbury, who sat out Sunday night's game after being removed in the eighth inning of Saturday's game with hip tightness, went 1-for-3 with an RBI Monday night.
"I plan on playing the next three [against Tampa Bay], assuming everything goes well, which I fully expect," he said.
Closing mattersAndrew Miller is 8-for-8 in save chances, with Dellin Betances preceding him to the mound each time. Although Girardi hasn't officially named Miller the closer, when he was asked before Monday night's 4-1 victory over the Rays if he sees a reason not to do so, he said, "No, not really."
Miller and Betances each boast an ERA of 0.00. Betances is 3-0 with 17 strikeouts in 111/3 innings. Miller has struck out 17 in 91/3 innings. The two have allowed a total of eight hits, seven of them singles, in 202/3 innings.