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Yankees lineup vs. Astros - Carlos Beltran to see a doctor after being scratched with elbow soreness

Gotta beat the teams you're supposed to beat.

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Mike Stobe

If the Yankees want to stay alive in the playoff hunt, they are going to have to beat teams like the Astros. They failed to do that last night, thanks to a huge Chris Carter home run. Can they bounce back tonight with Michael Pineda on the mound? The schedule ahead is not getting any easier, so these games are pretty much must-win. It may already be too late.

Derek Jeter is in the lineup as the DH instead of at shortstop in favor of Stephen Drew. That allows Martin Prado to move from the outfield to second base with Ichiro Suzuki getting the start in right field. Getting Jeter out of the field seems like a pretty good idea, but wait, there's more:


This is the same elbow that caused Beltran to miss a chunk of time earlier this season, and will almost certainly result in offseason surgery. Joe Girardi hopes that it will only be a day or two before Carlos Beltran is able to return to the lineup, but that seems very optimistic at this point, particularly with him heading off to a doctor. There was always the risk that the surgery wouldn't be able to wait until the offseason and this may just be the final straw in that. Two more years. Two. more. years.

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