The New York Yankees traded a few top 25 prospects to take over Andrew Benintendi on the trading deadline.
Now the All-Star outfielder is due for surgery, and his standings ahead of the season extension and playoffs are unclear. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday that tests showed Benintendi suffered a broken hamate bone hook in his right hand. He sustained the injury in Friday’s 9-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays in a swinging third inning.
The first X-rays did not reveal the fracture, but a CT scan over the weekend did. Benintendi needs surgery to repair the fracture. He has a meeting with specialists Monday to further evaluate the injury and treatment plan.
“I have an appointment with a few doctors in New York, and we’ll move on from there,” Benintendi said per MLB.com. “We’re just looking at it day by day at the moment, I guess. I will have to have surgery at some point and have it done as soon as possible.”
Benintendi suffered a previous fracture of the same bone in college as a freshman in Arkansas. He then had a procedure to remove the broken bone, but apparently it was not completely removed.
“There could have been some or whatever,” Boone told reporters. “He will have to have surgery for that.”
The good news for Benintendi is that his recovery time in college was relatively short, giving hopes that he can return to the line-up before the end of the season. The Yankees have 28 games left before the regular season ends on October 5.
“When I went through this before, it was about a couple of weeks,” Benintendi said. “We’ll see what happens. Obviously I want to be back in time for the last part of the season and then, hopefully, the play-offs. It’s all too early to say that yet.”
Benintendi, 28, played his first All-Star game this season with the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees traded for him on the deadline in exchange for the franchise’s No. 19 prospect TJ Sikkema, No. 21 prospect Beck Way and unranked prospect Chandler Champlain, all pitchers. The Yankees bought him for this season’s playoffs. He is slated to become a free agent in the off-season.
In 126 games with the Yankees and Royals this season, Benintendi cuts .304/.373/.399 with five homeruns, 51 RBI and eight stolen bases. His average has dropped from .320 with the Royals to .254 in 33 games with the Yankees. The Yankees have struggled with an 11-20 record since August 1, but maintain a five-game lead over the Rays in the AL East with a record of 80-54.
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