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Sunday, June 1, 2014
Carlos Beltran has 'no pain'

By Wallace Matthews
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is heading down to Tampa, Florida, to begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

Beltran, on the disabled list since May 13 with a painful bone spur in his right elbow, told ESPNdeportes.com's Marly Rivera he will be traveling to Tampa on Sunday afternoon to start rehab games on Monday after completing batting practice without feeling any pain.

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

Beltran said he hoped to be able to rejoin the Yankees during their upcoming 10-day roadtrip to Kansas City, Seattle and Oakland, which begins on June 10.

"I feel really good, I have no discomfort,'' Beltran said. "I will be heading to Tampa this afternoon to start rehab games tomorrow. I am a hundred percent, I have no pain and that was basically what we were trying to achieve with the treatment and cortisone shots."

Earlier in the day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com that Beltran in fact has a crack in the spur in his elbow that is not currently displaced but could potentially become dislodged.

"Potentially it could be a problem, but right now it's really not anything more than we already knew,'' Girardi said while Beltran took batting practice on the field before Sunday's game against the Twins.

Beltran said he no longer believes surgery will be necessary during the season, although he expects to have the elbow cleaned out in the offseason.

"When I went to see [Dr. James] Andrews, he told me there was a 50 percent chance that I would have to undergo surgery, and 50 percent that I would not, depending on whether the cortisone did its job," he said. "Now we have to hope that the pain does not come back down the road. The important thing is that I am making progress. I'm positive, I'm calm, I'm working hard and I'm taking care of the things I can control."

Beltran, who was signed to a three-year, $45 million contract in the offseason, is hitting .234 with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs.