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Carlos Beltran takes leave of absence after death of unborn child

The Yankees' Carlos Beltran walks to the dugout

The Yankees' Carlos Beltran walks to the dugout after popping out to the catcher with two men on base in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Monday, June 30, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Carlos Beltran has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Yankees after he and his wife, Jessica, lost their unborn child.

"Life has just taken away the blessing of having my first son,'' Beltran wrote in Spanish Wednesday on his Facebook page.

"I believe in God and live always grateful for all his blessings, like my beautiful family, friends, fans and my career. Everything is and will be in God's perfect time, and so my wife and I accept this. Thank you for your love and the messages."

The Beltrans have two girls, Ivana and Kiera.

"It puts things in perspective," said Derek Jeter, who has spoken with Beltran, who headed back to New York Tuesday. "We're trying to win games, but the bottom line is family is much more important than anything that happens on a baseball field.

"Your thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, but that's terrible. He should take as much time as he needs, I don't know how much time that's going to be, but he should. I can't imagine how he feels.

"We sit around and talk about guys struggling, and people being frustrated and the team's losing, but when something like that happens, you pretty much forget about the game."

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