Carlos Beltran seeks 2nd opinion

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran will become the third Yankees player this month to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews, seeking a second opinion on his injured right elbow.

Beltran was placed on the disabled list Thursday, retroactive to May 13, suffering from a bone spur in his right elbow that has caused him sharp pain when he attempts to swing.

Beltran was given a cortisone shot last Tuesday, which provided only minimal relief, and was given another one on Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Beltran would travel to see Andrews, who has offices in Pensacola, Florida, and Birmingham, Alabama, for an examination on Tuesday.

Girardi characterized the visit as a second opinion, although last week Beltran raised the possibility that he would need to undergo in-season surgery to alleviate the problem.

"Players get second opinions and it's their option, and I'm not sure where he's going after that," Girardi said.

Already this season, Andrews has performed Tommy John surgery on right-handed starter Ivan Nova, and administered stem-cell therapy to the inflamed right knee of CC Sabathia, who went on the DL on May 11.

On Saturday, Girardi said he would be "kinda shocked" if Sabathia, who was on crutches after the stem-cell procedure, was able to be reactivated at the end of his 15-day DL stay. Also on Saturday, general manager Brian Cashman said Sabathia was suffering from "degenerative changes" in his right knee, unrelated to meniscus surgery performed in 2010.

Girardi said Sabathia, who has not been with the team for several days, would rejoin the Yankees during Sunday's doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but would not rule out the possibility that the 33-year-old left-hander would undergo knee surgery this season.

"I have not been told that, but I think you have to wait and see how all of this works," Girardi said. "I think any time you deal with a degenerative knee issue, it usually gets to the point where usually you have to have something done, so we'll have to see."

On Tuesday, Beltran sounded as if he thought elbow surgery was a possibility for him.

"We're hoping the cortisone shot will take the pain away and I just can continue to go out and continue to play," he said. "If it doesn't get better then they might have to take it out. We might have to do it during the season."