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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Beltran to test elbow before surgery ruling

By Andrew Marchand

CHICAGO -- Carlos Beltran will take swings next Monday to test his injured elbow before deciding if he will have surgery or not. This is Dr. James Andrews' recommendation after checking out Beltran's bone spur in his injured right elbow on Tuesday.

"If he doesn't feel good, then the next stop will probably be surgery," Joe Girardi said.

Surgery would take Beltran out for eight to 10 weeks, Girardi said.

Beltran is on the 15-day disabled list with sharp pain in his elbow. He has had cortisone shots and pills to try to limit the aggravation.

"Does he feel he can take his 'A' swing?" Girardi said of what question Beltran needs to answer on Monday. "You don't want him going out there if he is taking his 'B' or 'C' swing. That's not going to help us. If he can take his 'A' swing and not have the pain and not have to hold back, then he is a player."

Girardi said they could work around Beltran having to throw on defense by using him as the DH, if need be.

Girardi said that if things go well, then Beltran would likely need to progress from "dry swings" to eventually taking BP before surgery was completely off the table. Monday, though, will be the first true test.

Chicago Joe: Girardi, born and raised outside of Chicago, was glad to be back in his hometown for a week (two with the Cubs, four with the White Sox). When Girardi's contract was up after last season, there were rumors he could end up returning to Wrigley. Girardi said he never talked with the Cubs.

Two more years for Sori? A ton of Chicago media greeted Alfonso Soriano, peppering him with questions about his return to Wrigley for the first time since he were traded from the Cubs last year.

Soriano is in the final season his eight-year, $136 million contract he signed with the Cubs. The Cubs are paying all of his 2014 salary except for $4 million. Soriano said he would like to play two more years.