Wednesday September 17th, 2014

New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has left the team to deal with a family issue, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. 

Beltran is in New York City right now while the team finishes up a three-game series in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Beltran to take as much time as he needs, according to Hoch.

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Beltran has been dealing with a bone spur in his elbow, and has played just 32 games as an outfielder for New York this season. He is scheduled to have surgery on the elbow during the offseason.

The veteran is in the first year of a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees. He's hitting .236 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 108 games this season.

The Yankees are six games behind in the American League wild-card race. 

- Molly Geary

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