BOSTON (CBS) — Andrew Benintendi’s knee injury wasn’t as serious as it looked when his leg got twisted up in a run-down in Tampa on Aug. 24. Now, he may even make it back to the field sooner than expected.
The Red Sox left fielder is “progressing better than anticipated” in his recovery from a left knee sprain, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. He had a “productive day” on Monday, including participation in baseball activities, and will be fitted with a knee brace on Tuesday.
The Red Sox are hopeful that Benintendi will return to the team “in the coming weeks,” but not on the current road trip that wraps up in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 11. That would make Monday, Sept. 12, when the Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, the earliest day Benintendi could be activated.
“We still don’t have an end date for when he’ll be back on the field. But given the injury at the time, yeah, he’s making very good progress,” manager John Farrell told reporters.
Benintendi had been batting .324 with a homer and 10 RBIs in 68 at-bats since making the jump from Double-A to the major leagues, and also made one of the best highlight reel catches of the season before suffering the knee injury.