Beltran will head to the bench as the Astros face elimination against Luis Severino and the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. In his place, Evan Gattis will spend the contest in the DH spot, while batting eighth.
This is encouraging news, as it appears Ramirez's surprise shoulder surgery was a minor procedure. Shoulder issues plagued him all season -- resulting in a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him hit an unremarkable .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers in 133 games -- so the hope is that a fully healthy Ramirez will get back on track in 2018.
Ramirez's shoulders plagued him throughout the season, but there had been no previous indication that he would undergo surgery to address the issues. The details of the procedure -- along with an accompanying timeline for his recovery -- are still unknown, though Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports the operation was considered minor.
The Yankees will give Gary Sanchez a defensive breather and move him to DH for Game 4, sending Matt Holliday to the bench while opening up a spot for Austin Romine to draw his first start of the postseason behind the dish. Holliday has appeared in just one game and is 0-for-3 so far in the playoffs.
Beltran will head to the bench after starting the previous two games of the series and going 0-for-6. With Beltran opening on the bench, Yulieski Gurriel will serve as Houston's designated hitter, with Marwin Gonzalez manning first and Cameron Maybin stepping in to start in left field.
Holliday has appeared in just one game of the 2017 postseason, that being Game 1 of the ALCS. In said outing he went 0-for-3. He'll remain on the bench Monday while Chase Headley occupies the DH spot and hits ninth.
Holliday made his first start of the playoffs during Friday's loss, but went just 0-for-3 at the plate, and was replaced by Jacoby Ellsbury in the ninth. Chase Headley will take over in the DH spot for Game 2, while batting ninth in the order.
Beltran will bat seventh out of the DH spot against Masahiro Tanaka following his clutch hitting during Monday's series-clinching victory over Boston. During the ALDS, Beltran went 2-for-5 with one double and one walk.
Although Holliday didn't appear at all during the Yankees' ALDS victory over the Indians, he will be in the lineup for Friday's series opener in Houston with left-hander Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for the home team. Holliday is set to DH in the eight spot. Over the course of the 2017 season, he hit .231/.316/.432 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI.
Holliday hasn't seen any playing time in this series, and that trend will continue Wednesday as he will remain on the bench for the decisive Game 5. Jacoby Ellsbury will draw the start at the DH spot and bat eighth in the order.