CHICAGO — Carlos Beltran didn’t have any issues with his right hamstring Tuesday night when he played the field for the first time in nearly a week.
But Joe Girardi still had the 39-year-old back at DH Wednesday as he’s not taking any chances that Beltran’s hamstring acts up again.
“We’re worried about it, and we’re trying to be protective of it,” Girardi said before the game. “I took him out after six yesterday trying to protect it . . . He’s probably going to DH more than the outfield for a little bit.”
Beltran had hits in his first three at-bats Tuesday pushing his average to .302. The veteran, named to his ninth All-Star game Tuesday, leads the Yankees in homers (19), RBI (54) and slugging (.571).
Needless to say, Beltran is the bat the Yankees can least afford to lose, though Girardi said he has no problems with him participating in next week’s All-Star game.
“I think he’ll be OK to play there,” Girardi said. “I feel good about that . . . he’s earned it.’
Beltran DH’ing takes Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup, and Girardi said the idea of the 40-year-old playing some in the field has not been broached.
“I tried it last year and it didn’t work out,” Girardi said.
SS/2B Jorge Mateo, the club’s top position prospect, was suspended two weeks for a “violation of team policy,” and will not play in this weekend’s Futures Game, the Yankees announced Wednesday afternoon. The 21-year-old has cooled after bursting from the gate, posting a .266/.323/.396 slash line with five homers and 34 RBI, as well as 26 stolen bases, in 76 games.
BP flooded out
Batting practice for both teams was cancelled when there was a water main break near the home third-base dugout early Wednesday afternoon.
“Gotta fix it,” Girardi shrugged. “Glad it [the break] wasn’t at 7:30.”