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Chase Headley goes for tests after being hit in jaw with fastball

Chase Headley of the Yankees is helped off

Chase Headley of the Yankees is helped off the field in the ninth inning after he was hit with a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Yankees are unsure when or if they will get Chase Headley back this season after he was hit in the jaw by Jake McGee's 96-mph fastball in the ninth inning Thursday night.

Bloodied and in obvious shock, Headley managed to walk off the field with some help after being tended to by Yankees trainers Steve Donohue and Mark Littlefield and team doctor Chris Ahmad.

Joe Girardi said Headley would not travel with the team to Baltimore, where they will play a day-night doubleheader Friday, and instead was headed for a series of facial X-rays. Headley also was going to be checked to see if he suffered a concussion, Girardi said.

Calling it "extremely scary," Girardi was surprised how aware Headley was in the moments after being hit. "He never lost consciousness as far as I saw," he said, "and he seemed about as good as you can getting hit with a 98-mph fastball."

 

Beltran: No improvement

Carlos Beltran reported no improvement with his sore right elbow, potentially putting him one day closer to season-ending surgery.

A bone spur in the elbow has bothered Beltran all season, and he already has conceded it will require surgery after the season. But after being scratched from the Yankees' lineup Wednesday, he said he'll give himself two or three days to feel better. If he doesn't, it's time for surgery.

Girardi said he's not yet discouraged by Beltran's lack of improvement. "It's just 24 hours,'' he said. "I'm not discouraged by that. If it goes on two or three days, yes, I would be discouraged.''

Beltran, 37, has been a disappointment in the first year of a three-year, $45-million contract with the Yankees.

His average (.236) and on-base percentage (.305) both represent career lows, and the last time he had this poor a slugging percentage (.409) was 2000.

Brett Gardner, out since last Friday with a strained abdominal muscle, still is not doing any baseball activities, but Girardi hopes he can return to the lineup this weekend. With only 18 games left and the Yankees in desperate need of wins, they are willing to have Gardner play the second he's cleared.

Masahiro Tanaka left the team to train in Tampa. He'll pitch a simulated game in the instructional league there on Monday afternoon and could return to the big leagues as early as next weekend.

David Phelps, on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with right elbow inflammation, likely will be activated Friday, Girardi said.

 

Honoring 9/11

Girardi said "it's important'' to him that the Yankees play a home game on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

"I think it's important we honor those who lost their lives,'' he said.

To commemorate the anniversary, the Yankees placed a wreath on the 9/11 monument in Monument Park. The Quantico Marine Corps Band, which is made up of combat-trained active duty Marines, performed the national anthem accompanied by a joint NYPD-FDNY color guard.

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