CLEVELAND - Late Wednesday night, Carlos Beltran sounded optimistic that he could avoid the disabled list after hitting a ball off his face during a freak mishap in batting practice.
Beltran broke two bones in his nose, but he said of a possible concussion, "I don't think it's that.''
But shortly after speaking with the media, he met with a doctor who did diagnose a concussion, and the Yankees put him on the seven-day concussion DL Thursday.
"He has the fractures in the nose,'' Joe Girardi said. "We don't think it's going to require anything [surgery], but we have to get that checked out. And with the concussion, we felt it best if he doesn't play for a few days.''
Yangervis Solarte, demoted July 3 to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- where he went 12-for-20 -- was recalled and started at third base Thursday night.
Beltran, who has served as the designated hitter since returning from the DL June 4, had missed two straight games here because of swelling behind his right knee. He was ready to return to the lineup Wednesday before lining a ball off an L-screen in an indoor batting cage. The ball caromed back and smashed into the right side of his nose.
"He was clearly frustrated last night,'' Girardi said. "It was such a freak incident and I think he was starting to swing the bat . . . I thought his timing was coming back and then all of a sudden you have to sit down for a while. So I'm sure that's frustrating because he loves to play.''