Andrew Benintendi to have surgery on hand, timetable on return unclear


Andrew Benintendi will need surgery on his hand and it is unclear if the Yankees outfielder will be back this season.

Yankees manager announced after Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that Benintendi broke the hook of his hamate bone and will need surgery to repair it.

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While there is a month left of the season, Benintendi remains hopeful he can still return before the season ends, although his timeline remains unclear.

The Yankees outfielder, whom the team acquired from the Royals at the trade deadline, met with reporters after the game and said that he had a similar injury in college that “only took a couple of weeks.”

The plan for Benintendi is to meet with a specialist in New York on Monday, which should paint a clearer picture on his return.

Benintendi left Friday’s game against the Rays after swinging the bat and grabbing his wrist in pain. He underwent X-Rays that night and further imaging on Saturday when the Yankees placed him on the 10-day injured list.

Since joining the Yankees, Benintendi was hitting .254/.331/.404 with two home runs and 12 RBI. He drove in seven of those 12 runs over his last 15 games and was one of the few Yankees who has been hitting of late as the team continues to struggle.

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