CLEVELAND -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran sustained two small facial fractures in a batting-practice mishap on Wednesday afternoon, but the club is hopeful that the veteran switch-hitter will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Beltran was scratched from the starting lineup for New York's 5-4, 14-inning victory over the Indians after a batted ball ricocheted off a protective "L screen" in an indoor batting cage, striking him in the face.
"You don't expect that to happen when you're practicing," Beltran said. "I had a headache for the whole day. Now it's getting better. Hopefully tomorrow it will get better and I could be back soon."
Beltran had some bruising on the bridge of his nose, but relatively little swelling. He said that the Yankees want to make sure he feels fine on Thursday, and added that there is some concern about a possible concussion.
"I don't know what the team's going to do," Beltran said. "With the concussion things, teams take that serious. Honestly, I don't feel like I have that. But at the end of the day, it's not my decision."
Derek Jeter replaced Beltran in the lineup as designated hitter and went 2-for-6 with a run scored. Beltran missed the first two games of New York's series against the Indians with swelling behind his right knee.
"You can only change the lineup so many times and then you run out of people. It's difficult," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He felt really good until he did that, and then we had to send him for X-rays and a CT scan. I have to figure out what we're going to do."
The freak injury forced Girardi to revise his plans for Jeter, who was set to get a day off and then play him in Thursday's series finale and all three games against the Orioles this weekend leading into the All-Star break.
"I want him to play in Baltimore," Girardi said. "We've got a left-hander [the Indians' T.J. House] tomorrow. If he doesn't get today, then it's nine days, plus a late flight, plus an [All-Star] workout Monday, a game Tuesday. I just think you start risking that."
The Yankees also held Brett Gardner out of the starting lineup with an abdominal strain and placed Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list on Wednesday.
Gardner sits with lower abdominal strain
CLEVELAND -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday with what the speedster called a lower abdominal strain, an injury that bothered him during New York's 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday.
Gardner said that he was examined after the game, fearing a hernia. A doctor confirmed that was not the case, and Gardner said that he should be able to be in the lineup for Thursday's series finale at Progressive Field.
"It was bothering me during the game," Gardner said. "I just really felt it yesterday. I actually had a bad stomach bug three or four days ago, so I didn't know if maybe it had something to do with that. The more the game went on, the more I felt that it wasn't necessarily my stomach."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Gardner was dealing with dehydration over the weekend against the Twins. Gardner said that head athletic trainer Steve Donohue advised him to take a full day off without swinging or running.
"It's a little strain or aggravation," Gardner said. "I actually feel a lot better today than I did last night after the game, so that's a very good thing."
• With Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list, the Yankees' starter for Sunday at Baltimore is now listed as TBA. Manager Joe Girardi suggested that Chase Whitley would be an option to draw the start, and that he could use his bullpen liberally in the game.
"It's the last four days before the break and you've got a lot of days off," Girardi said. "There's a lot of different things. It'll really depend on the next four days."
• Michael Pineda, one of the four members of the Yankees' Opening Day rotation currently on the disabled list, is still just playing catch in Tampa, Fla. and is not expected to be big league ready until mid-August at the earliest. Girardi said that Pineda is scheduled to throw a bullpen near the end of this week.
• On this date in 2011, Derek Jeter became the 28th player all-time to record 3,000 hits, accomplishing the feat with a third-inning solo home run off Rays left-hander David Price at Yankee Stadium.