Andrew Benintendi could miss rest of Yankees season with puzzling injury
While it’s been painful for Boston Red Sox fans to see Andrew Benintendi don the pinstripes of the enemy since the trade deadline, it’s unfortunate to hear that he could miss the rest of the season.
Benintendi left Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after hearing a ‘pop’ when he swung the bat. While the New York Yankees initially announced that X-Rays were negative, that turned out to be an unintentionally misleading update.
On Sunday, manager Aaron Boone revealed that Benintendi sustained a broken hook in his right hamate bone and will need surgery. While the Gold Glove outfielder is optimistic that he could return before the end of the regular season, it seems unlikely. The recovery process typically takes 6-8 weeks; the final game of the regular season is exactly a month away.
In addition to being bad news for the fan favorite, it’s also quite a perplexing situation. Benintendi suffered a similar injury in college, and the recourse was to remove the hamate bone. So how does he have a hamate bone to injure now? Is this like a bone-chip situation? If so, Benintendi might want to have a word with the surgeon who was supposed to remove his hamate bone years ago.
The Yankees acquired Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals at the August 2 trade deadline, in hopes that the All-Star outfielder would be able to elevate them in October the way he did the Red Sox in 2018. Instead, he’s the latest in a long line of injuries putting a season once on track for the record books in jeopardy.