Carlos Beltran made a cameo in Thursday afternoon’s 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers, but don’t expect to see a whole lot more of him in the coming days.
With the Yankees losing the DH during this weekend’s three games in San Diego, manager Joe Girardi said he wants to be careful with the 39-year-old’s tight right hamstring. He probably won’t be in the lineup Friday night, Girardi said, and likely will make himself scarce for the remainder of the series.
“I was concerned about San Diego because he has to play the field, so I’ll see if he’s able to take some swings today if he’s available to be a pinch hitter, but I have concerns,” Girardi said.
Beltran pinch hit in the seventh inning Thursday and drew a walk but immediately was replaced by pinch runner Starlin Castro.
When Beltran went up to bat, “I told him a double is a single, a triple is a double, and if you hit it out of the park, you’re allowed to run all the way around,” Girardi said. “So my guess is that he won’t be a starter [Friday] for us, but I figure he can swing it but don’t run on it.”
Sabathia pushed back
Chad Green will get the start on Sunday in San Diego, moving CC Sabathia’s start to Monday against the White Sox, Girardi said. He said he wants to avoid having Sabathia hit or run the bases and risk injury. Green struggled in his one major-league start in May but has dominated Triple-A with a 1.54 ERA.
McCann OK for now
Brian McCann was in the lineup Thursday despite a flare-up of his patellar tendinitis on Wednesday night. McCann said he felt the worst pain he’s experienced all season in the third inning of that game, when eight Rangers came to the plate. He stutter-stepped between first and second after his eighth-inning home run that night and appeared to be in pain, but was able to hit the tying homer in the ninth. “It comes and goes,” said McCann, who went 1-for-4 Thursday. “It’s hard to explain. It’s just painful.” If severe enough, patellar tendinitis eventually can lead to a tear in the tendon, which would require surgery.