- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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CLEVELAND -- Already troubled by a sore right elbow, Yankees outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran is not in the lineup tonight because of swelling behind his right knee.
Beltran was not available to speak to the media before tonight's game with the Cleveland Indians, but Joe Girardi said Beltran first experienced pain in the knee on his last swing in Sunday's 9-7 victory over the Twins in Minneapolis. He said the injury did not appear serious -- no tests were scheduled -- but Beltran was to be examined by the Indians team doctor before the game.
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"He's had knee problems with that knee before," Girardi said. "Sometimes you can tweak it with just a swing. Sometimes a spike can get caught and it can happen. I don't think it's terribly unusual. But every injury is different so we'll have to see."
Girardi did not rule out the possibility that Beltran might be available to pinch-hit tonight. Beltran is already limited to DH duty because of a bone spur in his right elbow that causes him pain when he tries to throw.
"Well he's been swinging the bat better, so [he] is something that we'll miss tonight," Girardi said of Beltran, who is hitting .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. "He's a switch hitter that we put between our lefties and has power. He's a run producer. Hopefully we get him back in there tomorrow."
2dDanny Knobler, Special to ESPN.com