The Yankees announced before tonight's game that outfielder Carlos Beltran has been placed on the 15-day DL with bone spurs on his right elbow. Beltran received a cortisone shot on his elbow a couple days ago, but it seems like it hasn't made things better.
Beltran said that he hasn't decided on whether or not to have surgery to remove the bone spurs, and that he'll decide at the end of his DL stint.
As a corresponding move, the Yankees have called up RHP Chase Whitley from Triple-A Scranton to make his Major League debut tonight against the Mets. To make room on the 40-man roster for Whitley, the Yankees have also designated Bruce Billings for assignment. Billings was just sent to Double-A Trenton today for a rehab assignment.
Beltran hyper-extended his elbow while taking swings in the batting cage between innings during Monday night's game, and the MRI afterwards came back showing bone spurs in the elbow. The plan was to have him sit out for a few days, but I guess they knew it would take longer than a few days, so it would be best to move some roster room.
CC Sabathia has the same kind of surgery on his elbow last October, and it took him about 6-8 weeks to recover, and Beltran told reporters that he would be out for that same length is he undergoes surgery.
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, after the news on Monday, called up Zoilo Almonte as an extra outfielder with Beltran down.