Do you want to be confused? Well, I mean… no, you wouldn’t. want to this. But sometimes it’s unavoidable, like in the case of Andrew Benintendi’s wrist injury. Even though Benintendi hit the IL with what was officially considered “wrist inflammation,” everyone knew that the “additional tests” the Yankees had scheduled would likely reveal the real culprit.
After all, Benintendi would have heard a pop when he swung on Friday, and most people don’t come out abruptly in the middle of an AL East battle after suffering a extremely minor injury on a swing. Any time an injury is non-forced – without normal, repetitive contact or movement causing an unexpected breakdown – it is usually very serious.
Of course, bad news from Benintendi ultimately spoiled Sunday’s win instead of being heralded more comfortably after, say, Saturday’s loss.
During the post-match scrimmage on Sunday, Aaron Boone noted that further tests revealed Benintendi had broken the hook of his hamate bone and would need immediate surgery.
Then Boone immediately broke from the script and had to backtrack while noting that this operation does not necessarily have means that Benintendi would be closed for the rest of the season.
What? It’s September 4! How?!
Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi injury details: OF broke his hamate bone hook
Now you’re probably as shocked as Aaron Boone. After all, Benintendi’s x-rays were negative. Negative nellies around probably assumed that further tests would eventually reveal a small muscle tear or something. Nope! A break. The x-rays were fake. What a world.
Even more shocking? Benintendi would have has no hame bone in this wrist, and underwent surgery to remove it years ago before the start of his professional career. Apparently some had to be left in.
It seems like a good time to contact the surgeon? Volley a few questions back and forth?
In Boone’s personal experience, although everyone reacts differently to this injury (especially people who theoretically don’t have hamate bones), this strength not actually the horrible news it looks like at first glance. Boone expressed optimism that Benintendi’s career with the Yankees would not be over as he nears free agency.
Now, does that mean the Yankees have to go on a long playoff run to get Benintendi back? Is it like, say, a pitcher having surgery to remove bone shards? Does a month seem like a fair estimate? Benintendi apparently thinks he could be back before the end of the season. regular season, which only contains 28 more games.
It’s too early to speculate, but it’s also apparently too early to rule out Benintendi for the rest of the year.
Anyway, the return of Harrison Bader and the continued representatives of Oswaldo Cabrera just had far more impactful in the aftermath and in October. Both should get as many chances as possible in the last three weeks of the season.