Andrew Benintendi undergoes Hamate surgery

Yankees Outfielder Andrew Benintendic broke the hook of his hamate leg and will need surgery, manager Aaron Boone tells Bryan Hoch of Benintendi is already on the 10-day injured list, having been placed yesterday.

The club has not yet provided an estimated timeline for Benintendi’s recovery process, but it will undoubtedly be important no matter what time of year. There are just over four weeks left in the regular season schedule, leaving the outfielder not much time to recover from the procedure and get back into shape. Despite their recent slump, the Yankees are still in a strong position to both make the playoffs and get a bye past the first round as they are five games ahead of the Rays and 10 1/2 lead on the Central-leading Guardians. That would give Benintendi more time to return, especially if the Yankees can win a playoff or two, but it’s still unclear if that’s in the cards. hoch relay word from Benintendi himself, who says he will talk to some specialists, but thinks he can return before the end of the regular season.

Acquired from the Royals just before the deadline, Benintendi has reached .302/.371/.397 on the year between the two teams. That offensive production is 22% better than the league average batter this year, as evidenced by his 122 wRC+. That solid campaign was halted Friday night, when Benintendi left in apparent pain after injuring himself on a swing.

In the past few games without Benintendi, the Yanks used an outfield from Aaron Judge, Oswaldo Cabrera and Aaron Hickswith other options like Estevan Florial, Marwin Gonzalez and Tim Locastro on the couch. Harrison Bader and Matt Timmerman could join the club later, but neither is very close. Bader, taken over from the Cardinals on the trade deadline, gears up for drug addiction. Carpenter went to the IL a few weeks ago with a broken foot and still hopes to return one day. But in the short term, the in-house options will probably have to do it.

The Yankees seemed to walk away with the AL East for most of the year, leading by a whopping 15 1/2 games in July. A poor performance in recent weeks dropped their lead to four games coming in today, though they beat the Rays to narrow it down to five. That means the final weeks of the season will be much more important than it may have seemed not so long ago.

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