Carlos Beltran, fresh off the seven-day concussion disabled list, said he didn't suffer a concussion after all.
"The next day, I was better," said Beltran, back in the lineup at DH on Friday night.
While Beltran was taking batting practice in the indoor cages July 9 in Cleveland, a batted ball hit him in the face, causing two fractures in his nose. He did not feel any concussion symptoms, he said, but the Yankees played it cautiously.
"I've never had one," Beltran said. "I let them know I was feeling good but they were concerned and wanted to make sure I didn't have one."
Beltran, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the third and a double in the fifth in Friday night's 4-3 win over the Reds, is coming off a nightmare of a first half, one in which a bone spur in his right elbow has kept him at DH since June 4 and for the foreseeable future. Beltran entered the second half with a .216/.271/.401 slash line, nine homers and 28 RBIs, far from the production the Yankees expected when they shelled out $45 million over three years.
Of his elbow, Beltran said some days it feels "better" and "some days it's the same." He added, "Hopefully, everything goes well in the second half and I can go out and try and help the team."
Though it remains a long shot that Michael Pineda will pitch another regular-season game for the Yankees this season, general manager Brian Cashman said the righthander is making progress. He threw a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild in Tampa during the All-Star break.
"He's doing very well," Cashman said. "He's going through his throwing progression right now. We have actual dates in play that we're shooting for, but I'd rather not reveal what they are right now because it seems like once they're out there, you [might] have to alter them, but hopefully, he'll be back for us in August."
The Yankees announced they will hold a special pregame ceremony to honor Derek Jeter on Sept. 7. All fans will receive what the club called "a limited-edition commemorative coin." Fans seeking tickets can visit yankees.com/farewellcaptain.