Yesterday was one of the toughest days for the Yankees, and they didn’t even lose their game. It started with star ace Masahiro Tanaka being flown back to New York for an MRI on his shoulder and being placed on the DL. Then just before their 5-4 victory against Cleveland, DH Carlos Beltran had a freak accident when the the ball caromed off the screen and hit Beltran in his face.
“You don’t expect that to happen when you’re practicing,” Beltran said to ESPN.com’s Wallace Matthews. “The ball hit the screen and bounced back and hit me in the face.” Its believed that Beltran suffered two small fractures in his face including his nose. Beltran was not placed on the DL, as the Yankees are waiting it out to see how he feels. “I don’t know what it’s going to be yet,” Girardi said. “It’s a freak, freak injury. You can only change the lineup so many times and then you run out of people. It’s difficult. I have to figure out what we’re going to do.”
Beltran said he’s beginning to feel better and it’s possible he may be able to play thursday. “I had a headache for the whole day but now it’s getting better,” he said. “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.”
Beltran is batting .216 with 28 RBI’s We’ll keep an eye on this throughout the day as news continues to flow in.