Andrew Benintendi awaits MRI after 'felt like something popped' in wrist

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UPDATE: Aaron Boone says Benintendi needs more imaging, but he will be heading to the IL.

The Yankees lost Friday night’s game, lost more ground in the AL East standings, and potentially lost one of their top hitters of the past few weeks.

Andrew Benintendi, after doubling in his first at-bat to keep his hot streak going at the plate, then hurt his wrist on a swing during his second at-bat of the night and had to leave the game. X-rays on Benintendi’s wrist were negative, but the Yanks will now hold their breath and wait for further testing.

“He felt like something popped on his wrist, and he’s got some numbness in his fingers,” Aaron Boone said. “We’ll have to get the MRI tomorrow to tell us more, but yeah, right now, just unfortunate for him to have that happen and we’ll hope for the best.”

The Yankee offense hasn’t been able to generate much of anything of late, but Benintendi, a 2022 All-Star has been one of the bright spots after a brutal slump to begin his pinstriped tenure. Now, as Anthony Rizzo tries to work his way back from a back injury, the Yanks could be losing yet another important piece.

“He’s obviously an important guy in our lineup right now,” Boone said. “Especially with how we’ve been struggling offensively.”

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