ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — TheNew York YankeesThe injury woes continued on Friday night as André Benintendi was released from 9-0 loss to Tampa Bay Stingrays in the third inning because of a right wrist injury.
Benintendi’s wrist x-rays were negative and he was due for an MRI on Saturday. Benintendi was not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Rays.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday that Benintendifel felt something “jump” in his wrist.
“He’s got numbness in his fingers right now,” Boone said. “So we’ll have to go through all the MRIs and stuff tomorrow, which will tell us more. But yeah, right now it’s just unfortunate, obviously, for him to have that happen, and hopefully the best tomorrow .”
Benintendi, who scored a double in the first inning, swung and missed the first pitch in his second game at bat against the Rays starter Jeffrey Springsa 90 mph lead, and began vigorously shaking his right hand.
Boone and Yankees head athletic trainer Tim Lentych immediately walked over to the plate and walked Benintendi to the dugout. Benintendi, third at bat, was replaced in left field by the rookie Oswaldo Cabrera.
Benintendi has struggled in its first two weeks since acquiring the Kansas City Royals, with a .206 batting average and zero home runs in his first 18 pinstripes games, but he had been one of the few Yankees hitters to swing a hot bat lately. In his 10 previous games entering Friday night, he was hitting .325 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.
“Obviously a big [loss]“, Boone said. “Obviously an important guy in our lineup right now, especially since we’re struggling as much as we are right now offensively. Benny hits the ball very well. So we hope for the best for him tomorrow.”
Injury takes another left-handed bat out of Yankees lineup, with first baseman Anthony Rizo on the shelf due to lower back strain.
Boone announced Friday that Rizzo had an epidural after being absent from the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels due to persistent back problems. Rizzo reviewed specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, the spine consultant for most Los Angeles professional sports teams, including theDodgers,LakersandMowersto receive the epidural injection on Thursday, a holiday for the Yankees.
“He had an epidural yesterday in California, he came back today. Really optimistic that this is going to do the trick and be what gets him going,” Boone said. “He had an MRI a few weeks ago which gave Anthony and us a lot of peace of mind in that he came back better than where he was in spring training. has a lot of optimism that these shots will do the trick, because until the pain is taken away. Hopefully, as we get ready to start the homestand, he’ll be good to go.
Rizzo missed four games from July 5-8 with a strain in his lower back, which also caused him to miss five games in early August. Rizzo described this type of injury, a recurring problem in his career, as a back spasm. Rizzo struggled offensively in August, averaging .208 and 26 strikeouts in 21 games played, but he homered in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday to hit the 30 homer plateau for the first time. since 2017 with the Chicago Cubs.
Boone said the Yankees still don’t expect to put Rizzo on the injured reserve just yet and hope to get him back in the lineup in their next seven-game home game, which begins Monday against the Minnesota twins.
“The hope is that he’s flying out to New York now. He’ll be there in rehab tomorrow and Sunday. Hopefully there’ll be full baseball activity on Monday. And if all goes well, he’ll be there. -down on Tuesday,” Boone said. “I think they feel fine long term from the MRI, but it’s something that should bring him a lot of relief for the rest of the season.”
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