Carlos Beltran was put on the 15-day disabled list, a move Joe Girardi said the Yankees hope will save the 38-year-old outfielder from injuring himself any further.
Beltran was forced to leave the game Tuesday with a strained left oblique and had an MRI on Thursday before the Yankees decided it was in their best interest to shelve him through the All-Star break. The DL stint is retroactive to July 1.
"It just puts you in somewhat of a difficult position if we were to test it and make it worse," Girardi said. "We had concerns about having him try to throw, so we thought it was best to give him this time off, especially with the off days we have and the All-Star break . . . What you risk really doing is him hurting it really badly."
The manager said keeping Beltran's bat in the lineup also posed a difficulty, because the switch hitter would be forced to hit left. "Everyone would just possibly bring in a reliever when it was his turn and then you got to make a switch."
Rib injuries, he added, are particularly challenging in that, even if a player feels healthy, "What I've found . . . is they're not quite as strong as they were before. Let's get this healed up."
Beltran is hitting .260 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.
Girardi has given up on making predictions on Jacoby Ellsbury's return, originally thought to be either at the end of last month or by the All-Star break. "He'll be ready when he's ready," he said of Ellsbury, who is rehabbing a sprained right knee. "He's working extremely hard, he's just going through a spring training again and physically, you don't want to go out there if you're physically fatigued or sore and once we get his legs under him, we'll have a player." Ellsbury was scratched from his scheduled rehab start Tuesday with what the Yankees called "general fatigue." . . . The Yankees called up outfielder Ramon Flores and infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.