'Flu-like symptoms' keep Beltran on the bench

'Flu-like symptoms' keep Beltran on the bench

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran was held out of the Yankees' lineup for Sunday evening's game with the Rangers with what manager Joe Girardi described as "flu-like symptoms."

Girardi said that the Yankees told Beltran to take his time getting to Yankee Stadium and that the veteran outfielder would not be taking batting practice prior to the game.

"We're hoping anything he has doesn't go to anyone else," said Girardi, "but if you start getting these [illnesses], they can start going around the clubhouse."

Beltran, 38, is riding a 13-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .320 (16-for-50) with seven runs, four doubles, three homers, nine RBIs and two walks, raising his season average from .187 to .234.

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