The New York Yankees will once again be without outfielder/designated hitter Carlos Beltran. Having already been without Beltran this season due to a bone chips in his elbow, the Yankees were forced to place Beltran on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Thursday after an odd batting practice incident gave him multiple fractures around his nose.
Beltran to the 7-day concussion DL, Solarte recalled from Scranton
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Not that there was ever going to be a good time to receive this news, it is especially bad timing because it comes during the same week in which the team placed ace starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
The American League East does not necessarily have a team that is separating from the pack, but the Yankees still need to do what they can to keep things in reach. To do so will be that much more difficult with these dings and dents.
Beltran has struggled so far in his first season with the Yankees. At 37 years old he is batting .216/.271/.401 through 61 games with nine home runs and 28 RBI. His health has certainly played a part in his issues, but it has still been disappointing thus far for the Yankees after Beltran raked in 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Yankees will place Beltran on the concussion DL for now, likely to buy themselves time to reassess the situation. They will take advantage of the days around the All-Star break and hope that he is not out for an extended period of time.