Andrew Benintendi is having a bit of bad luck. He’s gotten a few bruises in the batter’s box, the latest one a right foot contusion suffered when he fouled a ball hard off his foot in the third inning of Sunday’s game, one in which he wasn’t even supposed to be playing.
“I mean I’ve got nobody else to blame but myself. You know, you’re pulling off or something,” said Benintendi, who also fouled a ball of his right knee on March 30. “So it’s definitely been some bad luck but I’ll wear some protective gear and hopefully it’s better.”
Luckily for Benintendi, the damage appears minimal. It looked bad at first, with Benintendi falling to the ground and staying there for more than a minute, but he was able to get up and complete his at-bat with a double. He was replaced by Blake Swihart in the top of the fourth and went to get x-rays, which came back negative. He’s day-to-day, though manager Alex Cora said it was unlikely he’d play Monday.
“That was a good shot,” Cora said. “Seems like he’s been getting that every other day.”
Benintendi was able to run but started to feel the hit more once he was standing on second.
“It didn’t feel good,” he said. “I think once I got to second the pain kind of came back but it feels a little better now and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
Benintendi was supposed to have the day off Sunday but was inserted into the lineup, batting leadoff, during batting practice Sunday morning because Jackie Bradley Jr. was out with the flu.
“It’s been going on since spring training so we’ll keep him away from the team, see how he feels tomorrow,” Cora said. “Nothing we can do with that.”
Holt on the mend
Brock Holt, on the injured list with a scratched right cornea, is feeling better but will have to go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment before getting back into the Sox lineup.
Holt will skip the road trip to New York next week and go to the doctor on Tuesday to see if he’s ready to start an assignment.
“If everything goes well then we’ll make a decision,” Cora said. “Obvioulsy, he needs to get at-bats. I don’t know how many but he will need at-bats. We’ve got to take this seriously. At this level, you’ve got to be able to see the ball and you’ve got to be able to reconize spin and all that stuff, so we’ll be very cautious with him. Whenever he’s ready he’s ready but we’ve got to be careful with that.”
Velazquez to start
Hector Velazquez gets the ball Monday for the Red Sox but Cora said Sunday that he’ll probably only pitch four or five innings.
“Five, honestly four,” Cora said when asked what would be a realistic innings expectation for Velazquez. “We’ll see how it goes. I mean, he’s pounding the strike zone and he’s actually pounding the strike zone with good stuff which is great. Not hard contact and his split is a lot better than last year, so you never know with him. He can get some quick outs and that might extend him more than what we feel he can do.”
Velazquez, who has been a long reliever, does have something to build on. He pitched three scoreless innings last Sunday in Arizona.
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