NEW YORK -- One day after mentioning that the bone spur in his right elbow might be responsible for some of his issues at the plate, Carlos Beltran clarified on Sunday that he has been dealing more with lingering soreness in his forearm.
Beltran may have turned a corner after his performance during Sunday's 8-5 loss against the Red Sox. He went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Since hitting a game-winning three-run homer against the Orioles on June 20, Beltran had been mired in a 2-for-25 slump entering Sunday.
"Good results, that's all basically," Beltran said about what was different for him in this game. "I felt like I had a good approach and felt like I had good at-bats. I put good at-bats together and got good results."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi checked with Beltran on Sunday afternoon after being informed of the veteran's comments, and Beltran assured Girardi that he did not need a day off and would be ready to play Sunday.
"My elbow feels fine. It's just the forearm, when I started throwing, it kind of got tight," Beltran said before the game. "Now the knot is almost gone. It's still sore a little bit on the top, but it's improving."
Girardi added: "When the player tells me he's fine and you ask him on a daily basis, I believe him. I know his forearm is a little bit sore, but we believe that had to do with the throwing."
Girardi said that the Yankees are tentatively planning to have Beltran resume throwing in a week. Beltran said that it has been frustrating not to be able to play the field and to require so much time in the training room.
"I just need to find a way to not think about it," Beltran said.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.