AL East Round Up: Everybody Hurts Edition

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Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees

Carlos Beltran is heading to the DL with bone spurs in his elbow. According to Bryan Hoch at MLB.com the Yankees are hoping to avoid surgery for Beltran. If they can, his DL stint would be much shorter. But, if it doesn’t heal soon, they’ll have to consider operating, which would put him out for 6-8 weeks. The aging right fielder was hitting .234 with 5 HR and 15 RBI.

Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

CC Sabathia is having issues with his knee. Bryan Hoch tells us that Sabathia went to see Dr James Andrews and it turns out his knee has “degenerative changes”. His knee is degenerating! He currently is on the 15 day DL. He had fluid drained from the knee that had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in 2010. He will receive cortisone injections and stem cell treatment. Could it be that age and his body are coming together to reach a critical point in Sabathia’s career?

MLB Network breaks down his injury:

These two injuries cannot be good news for the Yankees with Michael Pineda being on the DL since May 6 and possibly not returning until June. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com, Pineda threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session and his back feels good. That might be some good news, but for right now, the Yankees are getting more banged up, not less. Ichiro Suzuki has been dealing with a sore back as well. Mark Teixeira did not start the series against the Mets on Monday. Bryan Hoch tells us that he needed to rest his legs. He came in the game in the 9th as a pinch hitter, singled and was lifted for a runner. Hoch says that Tex has been nursing his left groin. He did come back to hit a homerun on Saturday. But, yeah…injuries abound.

On another note, Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour continued in New York as the Mets bid him adieu. Their gift was kind of cool. They presented him with a piece of a subway #2. Get it? A piece of the subway…New York vs New York…subway series….sigh. They also presented a donation of $22,222.22 to Jeter’s Foundation. His presser after was just as classy and gracious as you would expect.

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