On the same day that the Yankees sent ace Masahiro Tanaka to the disabled list, they had a nice little freak accident in batting practice. Allow YES clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits to let us know what happened:
So Carlos Beltran hit a comebacker that hit the metal part at the bottom of the "L" screen in front of the pitcher's mound. And he hit it so hard that it shot right back at him and he couldn't get out of the way before it struck him in the eye.
And now, Beltran won't be serving as the DH Wednesday night in Cleveland. Instead, it'll be Derek Jeter.
The full extent of Beltran's injury isn't yet known. He's already been hampered by knee and elbow injuries throughout the season and is hitting just .216/.271/.401 with nine homers and 28 RBI. The 37-year-old outfielder has actually been relegated to DH since the second week of May. He signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees this past offseason.