Carlos Beltran is ready to return to right field after the All-Star break.
The Yankees only position player to make the All-Star Game took to right field in the All-Star game for two innings. Beltran started the season as a right-fielder, but after tweaking his right hamstring June 28, has only played in right field once in the ten games he's played since then, instead serving as a DH.
Beltran says he now feels healthy enough to move to right field, giving the Yankees more flexibility in the lineup.
"I want to give Joe (Girardi) the ability to be flexible with the DH role," Beltran said.
The Yankees have also given reps at the designated hitter position to catcher Brian McCann to give the 32-year-old rest and get backup Austin Romine, who is hitting .265 with a slugging percentage of .441, in the lineup. They also use Alex Rodriguez in at DH mostly against lefties, where he is hitting .267 against this year (he is hitting .198 against righties).
Beltran's move back to the field will also mean less playing time for fielder Aaron Hicks, who is hitting .197 on the season and is batting .174 so far in the month of July, in 23 at-bats.