Just as New York Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi was starting to warm up, he suffered an early injury.
On September 2, the trade acquisition suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist, clouding his prospects for the rest of the season at the time.
Benintendi needed surgery earlier this month to repair the fractured hammock bone and is running out of time.
On Thursday, he pretty much confirmed he won’t be able to return for the end of the regular season, although there’s some hope he could be back for the playoffs.
“Andrew Benintendi (hamate bone) says ‘it’s pretty safe to say the regular season is over’ for his return from the Yankees. Hoping to make it into a post-season roster. I don’t know yet when he’ll start swinging a bat again,” Yankees beat writer Pete Caldera tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Andrew Benintendi (hamate bone) says “it’s pretty safe to say the regular season is over” for his return from the Yankees.
Hoping to make it into a post-season roster. I don’t know yet when he’ll start swinging a bat again.
— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) September 22, 2022
He could come back for the playoffs, but that’s not a given
The hope is that he could be an option for the Bombers at some point in the playoffs, probably around the American League Championship Series if the Yankees make it that far.
He’s in a race against time though: he doesn’t even know when he’ll be able to swing a bat, and after that he’ll need to practice batting and deal with live pitching for a few days, at the less.
There should be another update in the next few days, which will be essential to know for sure if he can return at some point in October or not.
Benintendi, who defeated the Kansas City Royals in late July, is hitting .304 with 54 runs, five home runs, 51 RBIs, eight stolen bases and a .772 OPS between the two teams.