The New York Yankees will likely be without Andrew Benintendi for several weeks – and possibly the remainder of the season – after manager Aaron Boone revealed that the outfielder suffered a broken bone in his right wrist that will require surgery.
Benintendi was hurt taking a swing Friday, but the extent of the injury wasn’t known until Boone reported that he broke the hook hamate bone following the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
An appointment with doctors on Monday will help the Yankees get a better idea of how long he’ll be sidelined and when he could possibly return.
''It's all too early to say right now, obviously,'' Benintendi said. ''We're still trying to learn some more things. That's what it is right now. Just take it day by day at this point right now, I guess.''
Acquired from the Kansas City Royals just before the trade deadline, Benintendi got off to a slow start with the Yankees – going 1 for 20 in his first seven games – but is slashing .298/.337/.479 with 12 extra-base hits and 12 runs in 26 games since then.
He was selected to his first All-Star Game in July and is batting .304 with 51 RBIs and 54 runs in 126 total games this season.
With Sunday’s win, the first-place Yankees avoided a three-game sweep to the second-place Rays to move five games ahead of them atop the AL East.