A '16 Benintendi Return Looking More And More Unlikely
Initial optimistic reports about the 2016 return of Andrew Benintendi seem to be fading. While it is true that Boston dodged a major bullet on the extent of the rookie's injuries (sprained knee, but no ligament tears), the realistic rehab scenario is daunting at best. Multiple reports indicate this morning that Benintendi will not even engage in any baseball activities for at least the next two weeks. That puts the start of the rehab process at mid-September. As many have pointed out, the minor league playoffs are over by then, so there is no place to have a meaningful rehab assignment. There's a chance that Benintendi could make it back for the last half-dozen games or so (and hopefully the playoffs), but this news is not promising.