NEW YORK -- Yangervis Solarte may have the best average in the American League at .336, but that is not good enough to move him up in the Yankees' lineup -- at least, not yet.
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"We've kind of kept him where he is at because we are six weeks into the season," Joe Girardi said. "He's been really successful. I've hit him sixth sometimes."
Solarte is batting seventh Wednesday against right-handed rookie Rafael Montero. The Yankees could swap Solarte with Derek Jeter into the two hole, but that would be a momentous decision Girardi is not prepared to make yet. Jeter entered Wednesday batting .262 with a homer and seven RBIs. Solarte has three homers and a team-best 22 RBIs.
Notes: Carlos Beltran is unavailable again Wednesday. It will take some time before the Yankees know how much of an impact the cortisone shot in his right elbow has made. If it doesn't do the trick, Beltran could be headed to the DL and to surgery. ... Ichiro Suzuki (back) is feeling better. Girardi said he would check with Ichiro after he hit in the batting cage. ... Girardi said he probably doesn't have Alfredo Aceves, Preston Claiborne and Matt Daley tonight.