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.
"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.