Beltran could sit out weekend with head cold

Beltran could sit out weekend with head cold

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran could be sidelined for the rest of the weekend due to illness, manager Joe Girardi said on Saturday.

"He's got that bad congestion, a bad cold that's kind of been going around our team," Girardi said. "He sounds really bad. He was bad yesterday and he's worse today."

Beltran, 37, is off to a slow start this season, batting .184 (7-for-38) with no homers and six RBIs in 10 games. With the No. 3 spot vacated, Girardi moved Alex Rodriguez up in the order and said he did not know if Beltran would play in Sunday's series finale.

"I don't know how he'll respond," Girardi said. "This cold these guys have had, I think [first-base coach] Tony Pena has probably had it the worst. It's lasted a few days, so we'll just have to wait and see."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.