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Beltran's knee improving, but still out of lineup

Beltran's knee improving, but still out of lineup

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Beltran said that the swelling behind his right knee has improved, but the Yankees switch-hitter remained out of the lineup for a second straight game on Tuesday against the Indians.

Beltran said that he could be available to pinch-hit, and that the Yankees were looking at Tuesday as a "safety day" before getting him back on the field. Beltran has been limited to duty as a designated hitter since hyperextending his elbow in April.

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"I woke up feeling better," Beltran said. "I'm going to go hit BP and do everything today, just to go through the whole program. But I feel a lot better. Just being able to wake up feeling better, I feel good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he hopes to have Beltran in the lineup on Wednesday.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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