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Carlos Beltran placed on concussion disabled list after batting practice mishap

Jul 10, 2014, 3:48 PM EST

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UPDATE: Beltran has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, in addition to having facial fractures. To replace him on the roster the Yankees have called Yangervis Solarte back up from Triple-A, where he was demoted last week following a brutal prolonged slump.

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Carlos Beltran was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup last night when a ball he hit during batting practice bounced off the screen protecting the pitcher and struck his eye. And now he’s been diagnosed with two facial fractures, but they’ve been classified as “small” and the Yankees think he’ll avoid the disabled list.

He did, however, admit to having “a headache for the whole day” and given the various concussion-related protocols in place it’s possible he’ll need to sit out more than just a game or two.

The injury just adds to what has been a miserable first season with the Yankees for Beltran, who’s struggled offensively and been unable to play defensively because of elbow and knee problems.

He’s making $15 million this season with another $15 million due in both 2015 and 2016, but the 37-year-old has hit just .216 with nine homers and a .671 OPS in 61 games. Certainly some decline was expected at Beltran’s age, but he hit .296 with 24 homers and an .830 OPS for the Cardinals last season and has posted an OPS above .800 in seven of the past eight years.

  1. scorpiox1960 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I thought he sustained that injury when they were making the mold for his statue in Monument Park.

    • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Yeah, when that wax mould hardens it can really squeeze the crap outta your cheekbones.

      • scorpiox1960 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        You understand. That means you must be getting a statue too huh?

        Oh my goodness gracious!! Of all the dramatic things I have ever seen. Old Gator standing in Steinbrenner’s box.

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Are you kidding? I’ve been hiding from the plaster casters since Jim Morrison died.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Jim Morrison’s dead?

  2. 78mu - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I loved watching him with the Cardinals the last two years. But it was clear watching him play the outfield that he was worlds away from the days when he could play CF with best of them. It’s clear his knees don’t want him to run very much and I can’t believe anyone with the Yankees thought he could play RF for an entire season. He’s just too fragile.

    That being said, I think he could hit a baseball in his sleep. Watching SC the other day they showed him at the plate batting left-handed and I knew it was going to be one of the effortless looking swings that would deposit the ball in the stands.

  3. jrbdmb - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Please tell me again how Brian Cashman is one of the best GMs in baseball …

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      LOL. How on earth does a freak accident where someone gets smashed in the face with a baseball have anything to do with a GM!?!?!

      Yes, Cashman should have known that Beltran was susceptible to batting balls off of pitching screens and hitting himself in the face. I’m sure it was right there in the scouting report.

      Yankee trolls *SMH*

      • grumpyoleman - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Is there one of them there advanced stats that measures that?

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Yes it’s called BPBTHYF (batting practice balls that hit your face). Also PFBBPFH (percentage of facial bones broken per face hit) would also come into play here.

      • chinahand11 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Derrr …. I think Beltran is having a tough year.

    • trbmb - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Cashboy is only the best at delivering cash. His player drafting and development record over 17 years is quite sparse. Hope is here that, given his contract is up at season end, the Cashboy will cash it in and cash out.

  4. jennstergersburnedretinas - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    When did the Yankees officially become the Mets? Do they have to switch jerseys now?

    • sdelmonte - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Nah, this just means that his protests to the contrary, Beltran is still one of the Mets. (Yeah, I know freak injuries happen to everyone, but they do seem more likely in Queens than the Bronx.)

  5. papacrick - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    It has to do with the GM because the player sucked well before the injury and it was a bad signing even if he remained healthy. A .671 ops is terrible for any corner OF and barely acceptable for a SS. The GM isn’t doing anything to change the perception that NY is the place where old players go to die. We were making fun of them the last few years and he still goes out and sign a bunch of creaky 40 year olds. Sorry to burst your bubble but Cashman sucks!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      NY is the place where old players go to die.”:

      They want to make it in NY, because if you can make it in NY you can…

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