ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees positioned outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured checklist with proper wrist irritation after he was damage throughout Friday’s 9-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Within the third inning, Benintendi, who had a leadoff double within the first, swung and missed the primary pitch of his second at-bat towards Rays starter Jeffrey Springs, a 90-mph sinker, and began shaking his proper hand vigorously earlier than leaving the sport.
Supervisor Aaron Boone stated Saturday that Benintendi would wish additional testing after present process an MRI that had inconclusive outcomes.
“Right now, it’s wrist inflammation,” Boone stated earlier than the beginning of Saturday’s recreation at Tropicana Subject after being briefed on Benintendi’s standing. “We have to get some more tests, some more imaging and more opinions to really narrow down exactly what it is. I think there’s still some questions there.
“They have to have a look at some extra issues,” he continued. “Simply unsure the place we thought is probably not injured, so they have to get extra CT scans. I simply obtained briefed on it somewhat bit, so I do not actually have a lot for you aside from he is occurring the IL, but it surely’s somewhat inconclusive proper now precisely what.”
Benintendi had struggled in his first couple of weeks since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals, with a .206 batting average and zero home runs in his first 18 games in pinstripes. But he had been one of the few Yankees hitters swinging a hot bat as of late. In his 10 previous games entering Friday night, Benintendi was hitting .325 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBIs.
Boone explained that the team would not have a timeline on a potential return for Benintendi until they got the results of any additional testing.
“We do not know what we’ve got. I used to be actually simply getting briefed on it so it is robust to know,” Boone noted. “[We’ll] combine and match [in the outfield]. And hopefully create a chance for somebody, that somebody type of kicks the door in.”
The Yankees recalled outfielder Estevan Florial from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as another option to platoon in the outfield with Aaron Judge, Tim Locastro, Aaron Hicks and rookie Oswaldo Cabrera. Boone said there is still no plan for designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton to return to the outfield, since he was recently activated off the IL after missing over a month with left Achilles tendinitis.
Besides Benintendi’s absence, the Yankees will also be without slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo apparently longer than anticipated by Boone.
Boone said Friday that Rizzo had an epidural after being out of the starting lineup Wednesday night due to ongoing back issues. Rizzo saw back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, the spine consultant for most of the Los Angeles professional sports teams, and received an epidural injection on Thursday, an off-day for the Yankees.
“He did have an epidural [Thursday] in California. Actually optimistic that this helps him shifting ahead,” said Boone on Friday, the same day Rizzo flew back to New York. “There’s a whole lot of optimism that these pictures will do the trick, so far as getting the ache out of there. Hopefully, as we prepare to start out the homestand, he’ll be able to go.”
But Boone hedged on a possible return for Rizzo when addressing the injury on Saturday, explaining it may take a few more days of baseball activities before any potential return. “Is likely to be a Monday [or] Tuesday ramp up. We simply should see how these subsequent two days go,” he stated.
Rizzo missed 4 video games July 5-8 whereas coping with lower-back tightness, which additionally led him to overlook 5 video games in early August. Rizzo has described such a damage, a recurring difficulty in his profession, as a again spasm. The lefty struggled offensively in August, with a .208 batting common and 26 strikeouts in 21 video games performed, however was doing higher on the plate, homering in back-to-back video games final Monday and Tuesday to hit the 30-homer mark for the primary time since 2017 with the Chicago Cubs.
In the meantime, right-hander Jameson Taillon, who needed to go away his begin Tuesday after solely two innings as a consequence of a proper forearm contusion after being hit by a line drive, went by means of all his throwing and exercise program with no points and is slated to return to his spot within the rotation, doubtless Monday or Tuesday towards the Minnesota Twins.
Starter Nestor Cortes Jr., who’s on the IL with a low-level Grade 2 groin pressure, threw to dwell hitters Saturday on the Yankees’ Participant Improvement complicated in Tampa and bounced again effectively after his three-inning, 45-pitch outing.
Boone stated that the lefty, on the 15-day IL since Aug. 25, is positioned to return to the rotation in the course of the Yankees’ upcoming homestand. Cortes would possibly throw a bullpen Monday or Tuesday and that can decide his spot. The Yankees’ upcoming seven-game homestand, which begins on Labor Day Monday, contains 4 video games towards Minnesota and three extra towards the Rays.
Starter Luis Severino, who’s at the moment on the 60-day injured checklist with a proper lat pressure, began ramping up his rehab. Severino threw 40 pitches in his first rehab outing with the Single-A Tampa Tarpons on Friday, 22 pitches on the sphere throughout a rain-abbreviated outing, earlier than throwing 18 extra within the bullpen. Boone stated he anticipated Severino to bounce again effectively and to throw in one other rehab recreation within the minors subsequent week. Severino is eligible to return off the IL in mid-September.
The Yankees additionally introduced they signed right-hander Ryan Weber to a serious league contract and designated left-hander Anthony Banda for task to make room of their 40-man roster.