Beltran was examined Wednesday, but the results of that are not yet known. He had a cortison injection in the elbow, his third of the season, and manager Joe Girardi told reporters Thursday he expects to know if Beltran will be available moving forward by Saturday.
The elbow began bothering him again in recent days, possibly as a result of his return to the outfield last week. He has just one hit in his last 28 at-bats.Analysis:
Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on a 92 mph fastball. Martinez also doubled in a run during the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and five RBI.Analysis:
Cruz went yard in the top of the fourth inning. With one man on base, Cruz belted a 93 mph fastball from Hector Noesi out to left for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.Analysis:
DeJesus served as the designated hitter for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out once during the game. DeJesus has been out since June 18 with a hand injury.Analysis:
Cron has performed well in a nine-game stint in the minors, and could be on his way back up with the team facing two lefties during the weekend series. Cron has hit .266/.295/.462 over 199 at-bats this season.Analysis:
Morales clobbered his third home run in the last seven games to open the scoring in the second inning and added a single to give him nine hits in his last 25 at-bats. He added a walk and now owns a .342 slugging percentage that is at its highest point since June 27.Analysis:
Carter was hitless with four strikeouts heading into the ninth inning, but made up for that with one swing. With the score tied at 4-4, Carter unleashed a three-run blast to put the Astros up for good.
Carter has established a new career-high with his 30th home run of the season, and he has 72 RBI to go with that, just 10 off his best total. He is hitting .233/.301/.519 in 110 games overall.Analysis:
Raburn is dealing with a sore wrist. In 188 at-bats, Raburn is hitting .191/.240/.277. Tyler Holt was called up from Triple-A to take Raburn's spot on the roster.Analysis:
"That’s always a tough decision for guys," Ventura said, per CSN Chicago. "When they get where he’s at and Paul (Konerko) and all those guys that are of age, you get close and you might see the end. You don’t know. It’s a tough decision. This is something he’s done most of his adult life. It’s important. It’s still fun. You just never know. I’ve also heard guys talk that way and end up playing five more years."Analysis: