Beltran takes leave after wife's miscarriage

Beltran takes leave after wife's miscarriage

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees have offered their condolences to Carlos Beltran and his wife, Jessica, who announced on Wednesday evening that a miscarriage has resulted in the loss of their first son.

"Life took away the blessing of having my first boy," Beltran wrote on his Facebook page in Spanish. "I believe in God and I am thankful for all His many blessings, like my beautiful family, friends, fans and career.

"Everything happens and will happen according to God's perfect timing, and my wife and I accept it that way. Thank you for all the love and messages."

Beltran returned to New York after Monday's game at Tropicana Field to attend to what manager Joe Girardi had described as a family issue. Girardi said that Beltran would be permitted to take as much time away from the team as he needs.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter said on Wednesday that he reached out to Beltran and spoke to him briefly.

"It puts things in perspective," Jeter said. "We're here playing a game and we're trying to win games, but the bottom line, family is much more important than anything that happens on a baseball field. Your thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, but that's terrible. I feel bad for him.

"He should take as much time as he needs. I don't know how much time that's going to be, but he should. I can't imagine how he feels. Like I said, it puts things in perspective. We sit around here and we talk about guys struggling and people being frustrated and teams losing. When something like that happens, you pretty much forget about the game."

The Beltrans have been married since 1999 and have two daughters, Ivana and Kiara.

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.