Time frame for Yankees' Beltran could be 6-12 weeks if surgery is needed

Should surgery become necessary for the painful bone spur in Carlos Beltran's right elbow, Brian Cashman said don't expect a speedy return, putting the time frame at 6-12 weeks.

"It could be anything in that range if he needed surgery because it's his throwing arm," the Yankees GM said Thursday. "If you want to look at him exclusively as a DH maybe it brings it closer to six to eight weeks. If you're looking for a full-time outfielder it might be a little longer."

Cashman also said Beltran, who went on the 15-day DL Thursday, has mentioned to the team a desire to visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews earlier in the week saw CC Sabathia regarding inflammation in his right knee and diagnosed a degenerative condition in the cartilage; the pitcher received an injection of cortisone and stem cells Thursday in Birmingham, Ala. "I'm better but not to the point where I'm capable of swinging. I'm not close right now," Beltran said.

 

"But I'm not thinking about that right now, I'm thinking about hopefully these 15 days will give me the time to feel better. It's frustrating but at the end of the day there's nothing I can do about it."

Citi farewell for Jeter

A year ago, the Mets gave Mariano Rivera a parting gift for his retirement, then got one themselves when Rivera blew a save that same night. So when Derek Jeter had his own pregame ceremony Thursday -- with a No. 2 subway-tile mosaic and a custom Subway Series cake from Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken -- the Yankees' captain was asked if he worried about a jinx in that night's game. "I won't blow a save," Jeter said. "I know that much."

The Mets also presented Jeter with a giant check for his Turn 2 Foundation, for the symbolic amount of $22,222.22.

"We figured we'd put a lot of 2s on the check," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. But as the cameras snapped, Jeter joked, "Two hundred twenty-two?"

"No, no, no," Wilpon said.

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