Beltran misses game because of stomach virus

DH scratched from lineup against Pirates

Beltran misses game because of stomach virus

TAMPA, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran was scratched from the Yankees' lineup early on Thursday morning with a stomach virus, the team announced.

Beltran, 37, was in the original batting order as the designated hitter against the Pirates, but he never made it to George M. Steinbrenner Field and was replaced in the lineup by Austin Romine.

"Because he had some flu-like symptoms, I don't know if I'll play him [Friday], because you worry about the dehydration factor," manager Joe Girardi said after his club's 6-2 victory. "My guess is, right now I do not have him penciled in. Everyone who's had this, we've given them two days."

Otherwise, Beltran has had a mostly healthy spring as he returns from surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. The veteran is batting .243 (9-for-37) with two doubles, no homers and four RBIs in 14 games.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.