The New York Yankees have activated rightfielder Carlos Beltran from the disabled list following an oblique injury and optioned prospect Rob Refsnyder to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Sunday.
Beltran will start Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. The 38-year-old has dealt with an oblique injury since leaving a June 30 game against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning.
Beltran underwent a three-game rehabilitation stint with Class A Tampa earlier this week before being called up, going 3-for-7 with one RBI. After a slow start to the season, Beltran is batting .260 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Friday said that Refsnyder, who was called up on July 11, was not undergoing any sort of “two-week tryout” for the organization.
Refsnyder, a University of Arizona product drafted in 2012, is the No. 5 prospect in the Yankees organization according to MLB.com.
Beltran’s return could help the Yankees maintain their 3 1/2-game lead in the AL East. New York entered Sunday 49–41.