stone. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees’ offense just got worse.
Andrew Benintendi was placed on the injured list by manager Aaron Boone on Saturday with a sprained right wrist, with a 10-day injury that does not guarantee the outfielder’s return this season.
Benin Tendi left the tournament Friday night with a wrist injury while swinging. X-rays were negative and further testing on Saturday proved inconclusive.
“We’re not sure [the injury] is where we thought,” Boone said Saturday as the Yankees lost another 2-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Asked if Benin Tendi had a chance to return this year, Boone said: “It’s possible. We’re not sure what we have yet.”
On Saturday, Benin Tendi pumped his wrist.
Benin Tendi was one of the few players to bat for the Yankees before leaving the game on Friday with a batting in the third quarter.
He got off to a slow start after being traded from Kansas City in July, but the 28-year-old has integrated well into the Yankees’ roster. In addition to being a touch hitter on a team that’s often out, he gives them another threat from the left.
He doubled in his first at-bat against the Rays on Friday, putting him in 11 games with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 6 runs, 7 RBIs and 0.925 ERA OPS went 14 for 41 (0.342).
Estevan Florial recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) ahead of Saturday’s game, replaced by Aaron Hicks Benintendi’s left field position, Aaron Judge returned to center and rookie Oswaldo Cabrera played on the right.
Adding to the Yankees’ woes is that they are already playing without first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who received an epidural after back specialist Robert Watkins visited California on Thursday.
Boone said Saturday that Rizzo was suspended for the weekend and is expected to play baseball in the Bronx on Monday (and possibly Tuesday) before the team decides whether to bring him back into the lineup.
Rizzo missed both July and August with a lower back injury. He recently underwent an MRI, which Boone said encouraged the Yankees.
But it’s hard to be optimistic about the 33-year-old’s form given his ongoing back problems this season.
In addition, DJ LeMahieu’s toe injury robbed him of most of his offense, Giancarlo Stanton was just 3-for-26 on Saturday due to left Achilles tendonitis and a long slump in the middle with Josh Donaldson, Gleyber Torres and Hicks all in between.
Judge is pretty much the only player still in the lineup at this point, which also includes Cabrera on Saturday and rookie Oswald Peraza, who starts his first major in a major, filling in for Isiah. Kinner-Falleifa’s shortstop.
“Hopefully he’s another guy who gives us a spark,” Boone said. “We’ve seen that with Cabrera.”
The Yankees have scored three points or fewer in six of their first seven games.
“We understand where we are and we have to do better, period,” Boone said. “The most important thing is that the products we put out are capable and we have to produce.”