NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran returned to the Yankees' lineup on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a shift-beating double and an RBI single out of the No. 6 spot as the designated hitter.
Beltran was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on July 10 after a batted ball struck him in the face after ricocheting off a protective "L" screen in an indoor batting cage.
Beltran had some bruising on the bridge of his nose after the accident and saw a specialist in New York, but he said Friday those moves were for precaution and that he never had a concussion. Beltran passed a MLB-mandated concussion test before being activated.
"I feel good," Beltran said after New York's 4-3 victory over the Reds. "I think after I had that hit in the face, the next day I woke up feeling good. The team was concerned and just put me on the seven-day DL, making sure everything was well. I feel good."
The Yankees were encouraged with the way Beltran had started to swing the bat before the injury as he hopes to break out of a season-long funk. He hit .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 61 games before the All-Star break -- the first year of a three-year, $45 million contract.
Beltran hyperextended his right elbow in April, requiring a stint on the DL, and has been limited to designated hitter ever since. Neither Beltran nor Girardi was sure when Beltran would resume a throwing program so he can play the outfield at some point this season.
"Hopefully, everything goes well in the second half, I'll stay healthy and try to help the team," Beltran said.
Right-hander Bryan Mitchell was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding roster move. The Yankees promoted Mitchell the day before the All-Star break as an extra arm in the bullpen just in case they played an extended game, but he did not make an appearance.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.