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Carlos Beltran must adjust to designated hitter role

Yankees' Carlos Beltran reacts after he strikes out

Yankees' Carlos Beltran reacts after he strikes out swinging against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Expect Carlos Beltran to fill the role of designated hitter for the Yankees in the foreseeable future.

In his first game since May 12 after recovering from right elbow inflammation, Beltran went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts while batting fifth in the Yankees' 2-1 win over Oakland and said he's not ready to return to the outfield.

"Right now, I haven't thrown a baseball," said Beltran, who expects to undergo postseason surgery to remove a bone chip. "They're giving me time to feel better. Hopefully, I'll get back in the field. DH is something I haven't done a lot, but I have to adjust to my role."

Beltran said his elbow was pain-free Thursday, and manager Joe Girardi said he believes he can hit with his usual power. "We wouldn't have brought him back if we thought he was only half the player he was as an offensive player," Girardi said.

"We talked about holding off [using him] in the outfield. But I expect him to be productive as a DH."

Infielder Scott Sizemore was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Beltran.

Soriano ends skid

Alfonso Soriano snapped an 0-for-16 slump (in which he struck out nine times) with an RBI single in the second inning and added a double. Soriano said he worked on staying back and waiting for his pitch and added that it was good to see a positive result. "It's mental; it gets in your head," Soriano said of his slump. "I get a hit. Now my mind is more relaxed."

Extra bases

Girardi said Brian McCann was dropped to seventh in the order because he was facing lefthanded starter Drew Pomeranz. "It's not where I plan to hit him against righthanders," Girardi said . . . Mark Teixeira was hitless in four at-bats but said his sore right wrist "feels all right. Hopefully, it gets stronger."

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