The MRI on Carlos Beltran's hyper-extended right elbow came back showing bones spurs that were already there, and Beltran didn't even know.

The outfielder, who the Yankees signed to a three-year, $45 million contract this past winter, received a cortisone shot in his elbow, and is currently hoping to avoid surgery. Beltran told reporters that if the shot doesn't take in the next three days, a DL stint and trip to the operating table to clean out the elbow is likely.

CC Sabathia has the same kind of surgery on his elbow last October, and it took him about 6-8 weeks to recover, but that doesn't necessarily mean Beltran would have the same timetable, since Sabathia is a pitcher, and Beltran it not. So you do the math there as to what that means.

Beltran hurt the elbow while taking swings in the batting cage between innings last night during the Yankees' 9-7 loss to the New York Mets; he was removed from the game afterwards.

Beltran has been in a deep slump at the plate lately, so DL-ing him isn't the worst thing at this time. He's hitting .234 with five homeruns and 15 RBIs this season.

The Yankees just called up Zoilo Almonte as an extra outfielder (I'll write up a story on that in a minute) with Beltran hurt and Ichiro likely not available tonight with a sore back.

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