It is a gloomy day in the Big Apple as two of the Yanks biggest names could be seriously injured. In batting practice today, ESPN reports that Carlos Beltran, a former Cardinal outfielder, broke his nose and may miss some game time. During BP, Beltran smacked a pitch into the L-screen. The ball ricocheted and hit him squarely in the face. Beltran has two small fractures around his nose.
Last night, Joe Girardi was quoted as saying, “I don’t know what it’s going to be yet. It’s a freak, freak injury. You can only change the lineup so many times and then you run out of people. It’s difficult. I have to figure out what we’re going to do.” Beltran is batting a .216 this year, compared to his career average of .280.
Tanaka, the rookie-sensation pitcher, may also be seriously injured. Tanaka will be missing the ASG with an elbow injury. He has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, but his prospects look grim. He was the Yank’s top pitcher with 12 wins and a 2.51 ERA. The extent of his injuries is still unknown.