TODAY: Boston got fairly promising news on Benintendi, as manager John Farrell told reports including Tim Britton of the Providence Journal (Twitter link). The injury has been diagnosed as a knee sprain, with a litany of tests revealing no structural damage.
Per Farrell the organization is both relieved and optimistic that the young phenom can return this season. Boston is in solid enough shape without the 22-year-old, who has played in just 21 big league games, but he has provided a big jolt to the club and already seems an important part of the roster for the stretch run.
YESTERDAY: The Red Sox have placed left fielder Andrew Benintendi on the disabled list following last night’s knee injury, the team told reporters, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald (Twitter link). Benintendi, who was initially diagnosed with a left knee sprain, underwent an MRI this morning, and while the results are still being evaluated, the Sox felt it was a serious enough injury to warrant this move. Infielder Marco Hernandez is being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in his place.
Mastrodonato tweets that Chris Young will receive the majority of the at-bats in left field with Benintendi on the shelf, with Brock Holt getting some occasional time there as well as he bounces around the diamond. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tweets that manager John Farrell said that the Sox are hoping this isn’t a season-ending injury for their standout rookie, but Abraham adds that said sentiment seems to be “more wishful thinking than anything.”
Benintendi suffered the injury while attempting to get back to second base on what ultimately went down as a ground-ball double play. Benintendi had to be helped off the field after his ankle rolled significantly and his knee bent in an awkward direction (video link), though Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald tweets that his ankle is “fine.” Benintendi hasn’t been with the Sox long, debuting on Aug. 2, but his production will nonetheless be difficult to replace. In 74 plate appearances, the 2015 No. 7 overall pick is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer, six doubles and a triple already to his credit.
Bummer, get well soon
This is a big blow. This kid was a spark plug for this team this month, the numbers don’t show it 100 percent but he was looking pretty good there
Too bad, enjoyed watching him play. Unfortunate the injury was caused on a basic fundamental baseball 101 mistake. Never run back to the bag when the ball is hit behind you and its not a force play. Even if they got him at third… run scores.
2nd and 3rd nobody out and no runs scored… WTH!
Excatly what i was thinking. The whole way it went down was stupid because the Rays wasnt even worried about Shaw he wouldve scored easily. Thank Sox baserunning blunders they have been doing all season long, just more to add to it.
Sox have been one of the best base running teams all year long.
Really only certain players like Mookie and Bogaerts. JBJ probably too. Ortiz, Pedroia, Hanley all pretty terrible though.
He had nowhere to go though. He saw Shaw wasn’t running so what was he supposed to do? I guess get in a rundown? But major leaguers do that correctly 9 times out of 10 and either tag him out or get the runner at 3rd, or both. Best outcome would have been 1st and 3rd no run scored. And if he had gotten back to 2nd it would be have been 2nd and 3rd, which is better.
Close call, but I don’t think that’s Baserunning 101. Maybe 301.
Either 3rd base coach or Shaw wasn’t doing their job… Shaw should have big lead and going home, but Benny didn’t have to run back to 2nd immediately… he should have paused wait for the infielder decided to either run after him or throw to home or first. Also, being aware of infielder position when on base is a must. This is what we teach pre-high school players.
Gentle they have what they call a contact play to run … And guess what it wasn’t on..bad running decision on the kid and let’s also face it that Pedroia who is usually pretty good at hitting the ball to the right side in that situation screwed the pooch also.. It’s about advancing the runners.. Xander needs alittle refresher on that also
Ps the contact play was not on because there were no outs!!!
And if I remember correctly, the infield was in, so shaw wouldn’t have been running anyways.
Thank Shaw for his injury. If he wouldve ran home how we was suppose to this wouldve never happened.
It happened on a slow groundball which the Rays looked to be conceding the run and Shaw didnt go. Bacially was the reason why we didnt win that and Farrell Leaving Porcello in over 105 pitches in the 8th. Total 125 pitches just stupid of Farrell like always.
Farrell had two choices, leave Porcello in for the 8th and hope for a quick inning and a bridge to get to Kimberl or trust a very shaky pen. Keep in mind Porcello was dealing at that point retiring 11 straight.
As for Shaw he should have run. There was no way they’d get a double play period. Pedroia Isa better base runner than he gets credit for and Benintendi is a speed demon. Maybe they throw home to get Shaw but you still have 2 on with an out. It looked worse than it probably is. Hopefully he’s back in 15 days and stays hot.
He shouldve brought in Ziegler to start the inning. He goes to him with men on base but not to start an inning? That makes no sense what so ever.
What was Ziegler traded for if not to be the set up man? He was a closer and we got Kimbrell. So why isnt he starting that inning?
Ziegler is a ground ball pitcher. Batters have trouble lifing anything off him. So hes the perfect 8th inning pitcher. Use your pen correctly and stop mananging like an idiot Farrell. Lucky Porcello didnt give up 2 homeruns from being tired.
Yeah gotta agree the Mgr blew that call again with the pen … He is just killing this team with poor decisions
Atlanta Braves Fan 4 Life
If Benintendi is out for the rest of the year one would think the Sox would look at acquiring an outfielder before month’s end.
Markakis has been on fire and definitely add to the Red Dox lineup. At this point though I almost want to keep NM for next year. Coppy could also trade NM along with prospects in the offseason for a starting pitcher. Tough decisions loom large for the Braves but I think the Red Sox will look to replace Benintendi’s production if he is out for rest of this season.
Jon Jay could be had for free basically. He is due back the first week of September. So if acquired in the next couple of days, he could go on a rehab assignment and be playing for Boston soon. He would only cost a throw- in/ flier type prospect for the simple fact that he is an extremely short rental who is a free agent at seasons end.
Markakis is bad. He’s a below average hitter and defender who is owed a decent chunk of money.
Atlanta Braves Fan 4 Life
Markasis is a career .289 hitter with a decent slash line. In eleven seasons he has never had less than 24 doubles. No he is not a perennial All Star but he is a good player. For 1.5 years, yes NK struggled due to that neck injury but he is good player who can field.
They dont need one. They still have Chris Young with Brock Holt to backup. They brought Benintendi up to get some playing time, and he impressed beyond expectations which is why he played so much. Hopefully it’s nothing serious but if it is, the Sox have plenty of OF depth to cover it this year.
I disagree with this sentiment. Benintendi was brought up with full intentions of him solidifying LF. But I agree their internal options are better than the external options. And even Chris Marrero and Ryan Lamarre in AAA are very solid depth options.
Couldn’t agree more.
Rotten luck, AB. Get well.