stone. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees placed outfielder Andrew Bening Tendi on their 10-day injured list after he was injured in Friday’s 9-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
In the third inning, Benin Tendi took the lead double in the first, batting 90 mph Lacey starter Jeffrey Springs on the first pitch of the second at-bat , he swings and misses a 90-mile sinker and begins shaking his right hand vigorously before leaving.
Manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that Benin Tendi needed further tests following an MRI, but the results were inconclusive.
“Right now, it’s the wrist inflammation,” Boone said before Saturday’s game at the Tropicana Stadium after being briefed on the state of Benin Tendi. “We have to do more testing, more imaging and more opinions to really narrow it down. I think there are still some issues.”
“They have to look at more stuff,” he continued. “Just wasn’t sure where we thought it might not hurt, so they had to do more CT scans. I just got a little briefing, so I don’t really have anything to tell you other than what he’s doing. IL, but not sure what exactly. “
Benin Tendi has struggled in the first few weeks since being acquired by the Kansas City Royals, averaging .206 with zero home runs in his first 18 pinstripe games. But he’s one of the few Yankees hitters to swing a hot bat lately. In his first 10 games entering Friday night, Benin Tendi hit .325 with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 7 RBIs.
Boone explained that the team will not set a timetable for Benin Tendi’s potential return until the results of any additional tests are available.
“We don’t know what we have. I actually just got the briefing, so it’s hard to know,” Boone noted. “[We’ll] Lianliankan [in the outfield]. and hoping to create a chance for someone, someone will kick the door. “
The Yankees recalled outfielder Estevan Florial from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as another option in the outfield with Aaron Judge, Tim Locastro, Aaron Hicks and rookie Oswaldo Cabrera. Boone said designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton still has no plans to return to the outfield, as he was only recently activated at Illinois after missing more than a month with left Achilles tendonitis.
In addition to Benintendi’s absence, the Yankees will also be without first baseman Anthony Rizzo, apparently longer than Boone expected.
Boone said Friday that Rizzo received an epidural after being dropped from the starting lineup on Wednesday night due to ongoing back problems. Rizzo met with Dr. Robert Watkins, spine consultant for most professional sports teams in Los Angeles, and received an epidural on Thursday, the Yankees’ day off.
“He does have an epidural [Thursday] in California. It’s really optimistic that it helps him keep going,” Boone said Friday, the same day Rizzo flew back to New York. “There’s a lot of optimism that these shots are going to work and it’s going to eliminate the pain. Hopefully when we’re ready to start the homestand, he’ll be ready to go. “
But Boone hedged against a possible return of Rizzo as he dealt with the injury on Saturday, explaining that it could take a few days of baseball before any potential return. “It might be Monday [or] Accelerated Tuesday. We just have to see what the next two days will be like,” he said.
Rizzo missed four games July 5-8 with a tight waist, which also cost him five games in early August. Rizzo described this type of injury as a back spasm, a recurring problem throughout his career. The southpaw was underwhelming on offense in August, averaging 0.208 at-bats and 26 strikeouts in 21 games, but was better on home runs, with back-to-backs last Monday and Tuesday. Hit the 30 home run mark in the game. Playing for the Chicago Cubs for the first time since 2017.
Meanwhile, right-hander Jameson Taillon, who had to leave his starter after just two innings due to a right forearm contusion after being hit by a straight bat, had no problem doing all of his , and plans to return to his spot in the rotation, possibly Monday or Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.
Illinois starter Nestor Cortes Jr., who has a Grade 2 groin strain at Illinois State, threw at the field hitter Saturday at the Yankees Player Development Center in Tampa and threw it at him. rebounded well after three innings of 45 games.
At the 15-day IL since Aug. 25, the southpaw is preparing to return to the rotation during the Yankees’ upcoming home stand, Boone said. Cortez will likely throw the bullpen on Monday or Tuesday, which will determine his spot. The Yankees’ seven upcoming home games starting Monday on Labor Day include four against Minnesota and three against the Rays.
Starter Luis Severino, who is currently on the 60-day list with a strained right lat, has begun intensive rehab. Severino threw 40 pitches in his first rehab game with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons on Friday, 22 on the field and then another in the bullpen in a rainy outing. 18 balls. Boone said he expects Severino to bounce back well and play another minor rehab next week. Severino is eligible to leave IL in mid-September.
The Yankees also announced that they signed right-hander Ryan Webb to a major league contract and designated left-hander Anthony Banda to make room on their 40-man roster.