Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi broke the hook of his hamate bone and would require surgical procedure, supervisor Aaron Boone tells Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Benintendi is already on the 10-day injured record, having been positioned there yesterday.
The membership has not but supplied an estimated timeline for Benintendi’s restoration course of, nevertheless it’s sure to be vital regardless given the time of yr. There are simply over 4 weeks remaining within the common season schedule, which doesn’t depart a lot time for the outfielder to undergo the method of recovering from the process and getting again into recreation form. Despite their current hunch, the Yankees are nonetheless in a robust place to each make the playoffs and get a bye previous the primary spherical, as they’re 5 video games up on the Rays and 10 1/2 away from the Central-leading Guardians. That would give Benintendi extra time to return, particularly if the Yankees can win a playoff spherical or two, nevertheless it’s nonetheless unclear if that’s within the playing cards. Hoch relays phrase from Benintendi himself, who says he’s nonetheless going to talk with some specialists however believes he might return earlier than the tip of the common season.
Acquired from the Royals simply previous to the deadline, Benintendi has hit .302/.371/.397 on the yr between the 2 groups. That offensive manufacturing is 22% higher than the league common hitter this yr, as evidenced by his 122 wRC+. That strong marketing campaign was placed on maintain Friday evening, when Benintendi left in apparent ache after hurting himself on a swing.
In the previous couple of video games with out Benintendi, the Yanks have used an outfield of Aaron Judge, Oswaldo Cabrera and Aaron Hicks, with different choices like Estevan Florial, Marwin Gonzalez and Tim Locastro on the bench. Harrison Bader and Matt Carpenter might be part of the membership down the road, however neither are particularly shut. Bader, acquired from the Cardinals on the commerce deadline, is ramping up in direction of a rehab project. Carpenter went on the IL just a few weeks in the past with a fractured foot and nonetheless hopes to return sooner or later. But within the quick time period, the in-house choices will in all probability need to do.
The Yankees appeared to be strolling away with the AL East for a lot of the yr, main by as a lot as 15 1/2 video games in July. A poor exhibiting in current weeks dropped their lead as little as 4 video games coming into in the present day, although they defeated the Rays to stretch it again out to 5. That means the ultimate weeks of the season are going to be rather more vital than it might have appeared not too way back.