SEATTLE -- Carlos Beltran wasn't going to get overly excited. After all, it was simply soft-tossing 25 throws at 90 feet.
Still, the fact the outfielder felt no pain during the first throwing test he's given his right elbow in a month wasn't insignificant.
"I felt like I was making pretty good throws," said Beltran, relegated solely to DHing since coming off the disabled list last Thursday.
Beltran spent May 13-June 4 on the DL with a bone spur in his right elbow. Wednesday was the first time he threw since going on the DL.
"I have no idea, I wish I could know," he said, asked for a realistic date for when he again could play in the field. "For me, I haven't thrown in a month or close to it, so it's going to take time."
After categorizing the day as a positive, Beltran smiled. "Everything went well but it was just 25 throws at 90 feet," he said. "I think you can do that. too and feel nothing in your shoulder or elbow.
A bullpen that has been a major strength got stronger when Shawn Kelley, on the disabled list since May 7 with a strained lumbar spine, returned. Joe Girardi said he looks at Kelley, Adam Warren, who has done well setting up Robertson, and Dellin Betances as "interchangeable."
Girardi always respected Jacoby Ellsbury's impact on a game, having seen him frequently when he played for the Red Sox, but he's gained even more respect watching him on a daily basis.
"I think you appreciate him more because you see him every day and you see all the things that he can do," Girardi said. "He's a really, really good player."
Ellsbury (2-for-4) is on a 15-game hitting streak.