BOSTON (CBS) — Andrew Benintendi’s 2020 season has come to an end. The Red Sox transferred the injured outfielder to the 45-day injured list, and manager Ron Roenicke said the team is shutting Benintendi down for the rest of the shortened season.

Benintendi suffered a rib cage strain last month while running the bases, and was placed on the 10-day IL on Aug. 12. Now he gets to call it a season after playing in just 14 of Boston’s 60 games.

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The Red Sox didn’t want to force Benintendi back in action with just 18 games left in a lost season. Boston is just 14-28 entering Tuesday’s double-header against the Phillies.

It was a lost season for the 26-year-old as well, as Benintendi struggled mightily at the plate when he was in the Boston lineup. Benintendi was just 4-for-39 for a .103 batting average and .314 on-base percentage. He struck out 17 times in those 39 at-bats, and drove in just one run in his 52 plate appearances.

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Roenicke said Tuesday that he hopes Benintendi forgets all about his 2020 struggles and focuses on returning strong in 2021.

 

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