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Carlos Beltran belted a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his only hit in four at-bats, as the Yankees defeated the Twins on Thursday.

Beltran is having his worst offensive season since the turn of the millennium, so the fifth-inning blast was a welcome sight for the Yankees, who won by a three-run margin. Beltran is slashing a meager .222/.277/.416 with nine home runs and 27 RBI.

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Carlos Beltran had a nice night at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, going 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run.

Beltran's solo blast came as part of back-to-back homers with Mark Teixeira off opposing starter John Lackey in the fourth inning. The three-hit attack raises Beltran's season slash to a disappointing .220/.276/.415 to go along with eight long balls and 24 RBI.

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Carlos Beltran admitted Saturday that his right elbow has periodically stiffened up on him since his return from the disabled list on June 5.

"The elbow issue is there, we cannot erase that. But I still have to find a way to just go out and do my job, even with the situation that I have," Beltran said. "I get my days when it's good and I get some other days when it's tight or sore, but it's nothing that I cannot tolerate.... It's just right now, things are not going well." Beltran is 2-for-25 since hitting a walk-off home run on June 20. The elbow has limited him to DH duty and it's unclear when or if he'll be able to play the outfield again this year.

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Carlos Beltran will remain limited to designated hitter duty after feeling some tightness in his right forearm while throwing over the weekend.

The Yankees had been hoping to ease Beltran back into outfield duty, but that's on hold. The good news is that he'll remain in the lineup as the DH. "He's not throwing," Girardi said. "It kind of bothered him in a different place. A little bit, not a lot, but we just kind of shut it down."

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Carlos Beltran will test out his elbow but throwing from the outfield to bases on Sunday.

It's the last step before the Yankees establish a plan for Beltran's return to outfield. The veteran has been limited to designated hitter duty since returning from the disabled list, but he's made progress with his elbow and it sounds like he'll be back in the outfield before long.

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Carlos Beltran hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Orioles on Friday.

The Yankee offense had been struggling all night until Zach Britton served up the three-run bomb to Beltran. It was Beltran's seventh of the season. He missed 21 games this season because of bone spurs in his elbow, but both the Yankees and fantasy owners should hope that tonight's dramatic winner sends him in the right direction. He also added a double. Positive signs as he tries to work himself up from his .227 average.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that he "can't really give you a guess" as to when Carlos Beltran will be ready to play the outfield.

Beltran has been limited to the DH spot since returning from the disabled list after missing 21 games with bone spurs in his elbow. "I can't really give you a guess," Girardi said. "He'll continue to play catch here. I don't really have a date. We are trying to lengthen him out, in a sense, where he is throwing farther and increase the intensity, but we don't really have a date. It is kind of a day-by-day thing. We told him if he feels anything we'd probably need to stop him. So I don't really have a date."

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Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the A's on Sunday.

The home run was Beltran's first since April 22. He's struggled mightily since returning from a bone spur in his right elbow, going just 6-for-35 in those nine games. His struggles have his line down to .221/.267/.405.

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Carlos Beltran (elbow) resumed throwing Wednesday.

Beltran did some light tossing from 60 feet while wearing a brace on his right elbow. It was his first time throwing since being diagnosed in mid-May with bone spurs. He will continue to serve as the Yankees' designated hitter until he has full range of motion.

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Carlos Beltran (elbow) will do some throwing on Wednesday.

It will be the first time he's played catch since feeling pain from a bone spur in his right elbow on May 12. Beltran, who will wear a brace on the elbow to stop him from overextending, still feels some discomfort, but it's not nearly as bad as is was. "It's there. I still feel a little pain," Beltran said. "But it's something - I have to deal with it. So, right now, I'm not really thinking about it." Beltran has been used exclusively in the DH spot since being activated from the DL, but he hopes to eventually play some right field if his throwing goes well.