The New York Yankees have announced that Carlos Beltran has been activated from the disabled list and to accommodate him, infielder Rob Refsnyder has been sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
#Yankees reinstate OF @carlosbeltran15 from the 15-day DL; option INF Rob Refsnyder to @swbrailriders.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 19, 2015
Beltran, 38, hurt his oblique while taking a swing during a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Yankees elected to play it safe with the veteran, placing him on the 15-day disabled list on July 3rd. It was reported that he would likely be back after the 15 days were up, or shortly thereafter.
After playing in a few Minor League rehab games, Beltran is now back with the Major League team. Despite getting off to a slow start this season, Beltran began swinging a productive bat in May and June. On the season, Beltran boasts a slash line of .260/.309/.430 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.
While he may be the best offensive option in right field, Beltran's once gold glove winning defense is long gone and he is a liability in right field. That led Vavel writer Kevin Hayes to explore whether a platoon of Chris Young and Garrett Jones in right field would represent an upgrade over the incumbent Beltran.
No matter the case, a returning Beltran will deepen the Yankees lineup and could provide the team with an offensive spark.
The curious part of this transaction is Refsnyder being sent down. After being called up to play in the last two games prior to the All-Star break, Refsnyder reportedly impressed the Yankees enough to give him a longer look. Reports stated that he would remain with the team when games resumed this past Friday.
But that only lasted for two games as Refsnyder will likely slot back into the starting second base position for the RailRiders. In his four-game stint, Refsnyder hit .167 with one home run and two RBI, while looking comfortable at second base, a position he is still learning.
There was speculation that the Yankees might designate recently activated infielder Brendan Ryan to make room for Beltran. Ryan has been injured for most of the season, playing in just six games. Considered a defensive wizard, Ryan does boast a .308/.400/.462 slash line with two RBI this season, albeit in limited time.
Beltran is in the starting lineup for the Yankees, batting sixth and playing in right field. The team will face Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners in the finale of their three-game series.