scheduled tribe. Petersburg, Fla. – It’s getting worse and worse for the Yankees’ offense.
Andrew Benintendi was placed on a 10-day injury list on Saturday for what manager Aaron Boone called a sprained right wrist, with no guarantee the outfielder will be able to make a comeback this season.
Benintendi quit the sport on Friday night after suffering a wrist injury on a swing. X-rays were negative and further tests proved inconclusive on Saturday.
“we are not sure [the injury] That’s where we thought,'” Boone said before losing again to the Yankees 2-1 to the Rays at Tropicana Field on Saturday.
Asked if Benintendi is likely to return this year, Boone said: “Maybe. We’re not sure what we have yet.”
On Saturday, Benintendi had an air cast on his wrist.
Benintendi was one of the few players to hit for the Yankees, before leaving the game on Friday during his at-bat in the third.
He started off slowly after coming in on a trade from Kansas City in July, but the 28-year-old had fitted well into the Yankees lineup. He gave him another threat from the left, in addition to being a contact hitter on a team that attacks a lot.
He doubled in his first at-bat against the Rays on Friday, making him 14-for-41 (.342) in his last 11 games with three doubles, two homers, six runs, seven RBIs and a .925 OPS Gave.
Estevan Florial was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Saturday’s game, with Aaron Hicks replacing Benintendi in left field, Aaron Judge going back to center and rookie Osvaldo Cabrera in right play. Were were
The Yankees’ woes include the fact they were already playing without first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who got an epidural on Thursday after meeting with specialist Dr Robert Watkins in California.
Boone said on Saturday that Rizzo was laid off for the weekend and expected to participate in baseball activities in The Bronx on Monday (and possibly Tuesday) before the team decides whether to put him back in the lineup. Or not.
Rizzo missed the game in both July and August with a similar injury to his lower back. He recently had an MRI exam that Boone said encouraged the Yankees.
But it’s hard to be optimistic about the 33-year-old’s condition given the persistent problems with his back this season.
Also, with DJ LeMahieu playing through a toe injury that has robbed him of most of his offense, Giancarlo Stanton only entered 3-for-26 on Saturday after returning from left Achilles tendinitis and Josh. Donaldson, Gleber Torres and Hicks are all in the middle of a long fall.
At this point, Judge is the only player still hitting the lineup, which also included Cabrera and fellow rookie Oswald Peraza on Saturday, making his first in the majors, shortstop for Isiah Kiner-Falefa. were filling in.
“Hopefully he’s another guy who can give us a spark,” Boone said. “We’ve seen that coming with Cabrera.”
The Yankees entered Saturday with three or fewer runs in six of their last seven matches.
“We understand the situation we are in and we have to do better, period,” Boone said. “The bottom line is, what we’re putting out there is capable and we have to produce.”