Carlos Beltran's first season with the New York Yankees continues to be an interesting one. After suffering a freak injury in batting practice Wednesday, Beltran is headed to the disabled list, the team announced Thursday.
The injury occurred prior to Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians, when Beltran lined a ball off an L-screen during batting practice, causing the ball to ricochet back at him. The ball plunked Beltran in the face, and caused a pair of fractures in his face: one on the nose, and one just below it, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
The Yankees scratched him from Wednesday's game, but were hopeful he could return to the lineup on Thursday rather than head to the disabled list, according to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews.
Beltran initially seemed to believe that he won't miss much time because of the freak injury:
"I had a headache for the whole day but now it's getting better," Beltran told ESPN New York. "Hopefully tomorrow it will get better and I could be back soon, but I don't know what the team's going to do. With the concussion things, teams take that serious. Honestly, I don't feel like I have that. But at the end of the day, it's not my decision."
But, it turns out, he was being a bit too optimistic. He will be eligible to return from the DL after the All-Star break.
To take Beltran's spot on the roster, the Yankees recalled recently demoted infielder Yangervis Solarte from Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Solarte was 12-20 during his brief trip to the minors.
Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal to join the Yankees this past offseason, but the 37-year-old is off to a rough start in New York. He's batting just .216 with nine home runs in 255 plate appearances, missed time earlier in the week with soreness in his right knee and spent the latter half of May on the disabled list.
- Aaron Somers