Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 6 Days

Beltran (elbow) went 1-for-4 in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rays.

There was speculation that Beltran might be out for the season at one point, but it appears he wants to continue to try and play despite the Yankees struggling to stay in the playoff race. Beltran has battled with his elbow injury throughout the season and might be shut down once the Yankees are officially eliminated.

Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 7 Days

Beltran is back in the lineup Monday against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

The veteran has been bothered by an elbow issue for much of the season and sat out five straight games before coming on as a pinch hitter Sunday. He'll return to the starting lineup Monday, serving as the DH and batting fifth.

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Beltran (elbow) is out of the Yankees' lineup again Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Although Beltran has been able to play through his elbow soreness throughout much of the season, he's now set to miss a fifth straight start following his most recent setback. He's slated to undergo surgery once the season ends to remove a bone spur. Antoan Richardson will make his second start of the season in right field Saturday.

Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 10 Days

Beltran (elbow) remains out of the lineup for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.

Renewed soreness in Beltran's troublesome elbow resulted in his scratch from Wednesday's lineup, and he's now set to sit out a third straight game. The Yankees are still alive in the Wild Card hunt, but it wouldn't be a surprise if they sent Beltran for surgery once officially eliminated.

Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 11 Days

Beltran (elbow) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rays.

With Beltran's elbow starting act up again, he'll sit for the second straight game in an effort to ease the soreness. The Yankees have already determined that Beltran will undergo surgery once the season ends, and although the team still seems to anticipate that he'll play again in 2014, he could very well be shut down when the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 12 Days

Beltran was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup with right elbow soreness, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.

Beltran was originally slated to serve as the designated hitter in Wednesday night's contest against the Rays, but the elbow problems that have been bothering him all season will cost him yet another game. He's scheduled to have surgery as soon as the season is over, but with the Yankees 5.5 games out of the AL Wild Card hunt entering Wednesday, it wouldn't be surprising to see them make the decision as soon as their playoff hopes have officially slipped away. A replacement for Beltran on Wednesday has yet to be announced.

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Beltran is expected to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow as soon as the Yankees' season ends, the Star-Ledger reports.

The bone spur has limit Beltran to DH duty throughout most of the season, and in addition to his trouble throwing, the 37-year-old said he feels it occasionally after swings as well. Regardless, he should be fine to continue playing through the injury over the final weeks of the season, and Beltran has little doubt about being ready for spring training, with his shutdown period following surgery expected to last just two months.

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Beltran (elbow) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the win over the White Sox on Saturday.

The blast -- Beltran's 15th of the season -- came against Scott Carroll in the sixth inning. Through 91 games, Beltran has amassed a .239/.296/.429 line while battling an elbow injury that is expected to require surgery at the end of the season.

Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 1 Month

Beltran (elbow) is back in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.

Renewed elbow soreness has kept Beltran out for the team's last three games, but he'll slot back in Saturday at DH to take on right-hander Scott Carroll. Beltran will likely need to undergo surgery in the offseason to remove a bone spur from his elbow, but the Yankees figure to keep him active so long as they're in the Wild Card hunt.

Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 1 Month

Beltran (elbow) took swings on Friday, and hopes to return to the lineup this weekend, MLB.com reports.

Beltran received his third cortisone shot of the year Wednesday, and will require surgery at the end of the season for a bone spur in his elbow, but the team is still hopeful that he can return either Saturday or Sunday. If he can't go, Zelous Wheeler has started the previous two games in his place.