CLEVELAND (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Thursday with a broken nose.
Beltran was injured during batting practice on Wednesday when a ball caromed off the batting cage and hit him in the face. He said following the Yankees’ 5-4, 14-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians that he has two broken bones in his nose.
“The ball hit the screen, bounced back and hit me in the face, in my nose,” said Beltran, who had X-rays and a CT scan. “It’s just a fracture in two different areas. At the end of the day, I feel good, my head feels good. I had a headache for the whole day and now it’s getting better. So hopefully tomorrow it will get better and I could be back soon.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday that if Beltran didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all.
“This is about as strange as it gets. You can’t even dream that up,” Girardi said of Beltran’s freak injury. “Our guess is he’ll miss the next four games and be back next Friday night.”
Beltran, who has been playing despite a troublesome bone chip in his right arm, missed the first two games of the series with soreness behind his right knee and was in Wednesday’s original lineup as the designated hitter. He is batting just .216 with nine homers and 28 RBI.
“You don’t expect that to happen when you’re practicing,” Beltran said.
The Yankees recalled Yangervis Solarte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was knocking the cover off the ball.
Solarte, who was hitting .260 with 6 home runs and 30 RBI in 71 games prior to his demotion, was to play Thursday night against the Indians.
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