Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran said he still feels pain in his right elbow, but "not like it was" when he first discovered an old bone spur in it.

The spur had kept Beltran out of the lineup from May 12 until his Thursday return. On Saturday, he cracked his first hit since coming back, an RBI double that snapped an 0-for-9 streak in the Yankees' 8-4 loss to the Royals.

Beltran said his elbow is getting a little better everyday and that only consistent at-bats will help him find his stroke. But, he said, he can't push the elbow like he used to.

"I cannot take a lot but before every at-bat I go (to the batting cage) and take six, eight swings to warm up," he said.