Beltran out of lineup with swelling in right knee

Beltran out of lineup with swelling in right knee

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Beltran was held out of the Yankees' lineup for Monday's 5-3 win over the Indians after reporting mild swelling in the back of his right knee, but manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that the veteran can get back on the field on Tuesday.

"I had a swing yesterday and my spike got caught in the batter's box," Beltran said. "Today I felt tight in the back of my knee. It's not the knee -- they said something about the hamstring tendon there, attached in the back of the knee.

"That has happened to me before. Hopefully, tomorrow I can come and be in the lineup."

Beltran was seen by the Indians' team doctor at Progressive Field on Monday, and anti-inflammatories were prescribed as treatment. He did not have an MRI, and Girardi said that the Yankees have not planned any other tests.

"Sometimes you can tweak it with just a swing," Girardi said. "Sometimes a spike can get caught and it can happen. I don't think it's terribly unusual."

Beltran has eight hits in his last 30 at-bats, raising his average to .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 61 games.

"He's been swinging the bat better," Girardi said. "Obviously, he's a switch-hitter that we put between our lefties and has power. He's a run producer."

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