Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi rules out regular season return with wrist injury

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New York Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi RBI double scores Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in New York City.

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The Yankees won’t see Andrew Benintendi for the remainder of the regular, it appears, Thursday.

The outfielder seemed to dash any hopes of a return before the end of the regular season in a few weeks, but he expected to be available at some point during the playoffs. Benintendi, however, could not say when in the playoffs he would be back.

“In terms of numbers, days, I think it will be the playoffs,” Benintendi said inside the Yankees clubhouse on Thursday. “I think it’s pretty safe to say the regular season is over. It was kind of the whole thought process the whole time anyway.

Benintendi suffered a wrist injury and it was revealed that he would need surgery on a broken hook of the hamate bone in his right hand. The procedure took place earlier this month.

New York has been plagued by a series of injuries this season and the loss of Benintendi did not help as the Yankees continued their push to the playoffs.

The Yankees added the outfielder in the days before the trade deadline as part of a deal with the Kansas City Royals. In 33 games since the trade, Benintendi was batting .254 with 29 hits, 12 RBIs and two homers.

He had also provided a needed upgrade in the outfield since his arrival.

Benintendi injured his wrist in a batting game during the Yankees’ series with the Tampa Bay Rays. It came on a swing during a third inning at bat and Benintendi felt a pop in his wrist.

Initial X-rays came back negative, but further imaging revealed the rupture.

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The inability to be there has frustrated Benintendi and it’s still unclear when in the playoffs the Yankees might bring him back to the field.

“Emotionally, there’s really nothing you can do about it,” Benintendi said. “It stinks that I can’t be there with the guys. Watching is definitely not as fun as playing. It’s unfortunate, but it’s one of those things, it is what it is.

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