Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - One day after fracturing his nose in two places while taking batting practice, New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Carlos Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list by the team.
Beltran suffered the injury after being struck by a batted ball that caromed off the screen in front of the pitcher's mound prior to Wednesday's game against Cleveland. The veteran slugger was scratched from the lineup for the contest, which the Indians won in 14 innings.
The 37-year-old switch-hitter had missed the first two games of the Cleveland series due to inflammation in his right knee. Beltran had gone just 2-for-15 on the Yankees' current road trip and is hitting .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games for the season.
Beltran's injury came on the same day the Yankees were forced to place staff ace Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day DL due to an ailing right elbow. The All- Star hurler was sent to Seattle on Thursday to see an orthopedic specialist.
Infielder Yangervis Solarte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Beltran's roster spot.
Solarte, who will bat eighth and play third base Thursday against the Indians, had served as New York's primary third baseman for much of the first half. He was optioned to the minors last week, however, after hitting .162 after May 31.
In 71 games overall with the Yankees, Solarte is batting .260 with six homers and 30 RBI.