Benintendi arrived at spring training noticeably more bulked up, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Benintendi said he wore down a bit in 2017, his rookie season, so he went about preparing himself for the long haul in 2018. A 20-20 player as a rookie, Benintendi looks like he could surpass the 20 home runs he hit last year. As for the speed that was part of his game, the 23-year-old left fielder doesn't believe the added bulk will affect him, noting the agility work he put in during the offseason in conjunction with the weights.
Benintendi is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.
Rajai Davis will start in left field and hit leadoff while Benintendi gets the day to rest. Benintendi was terrific in his first full season in the majors and will carry a .271/.352/.424 line into the postseason.
Benintendi went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Saturday's division-clinching 6-3 win over the Astros.
With exactly 20 home runs and 20 steals, the 23-year-old becomes the youngest left fielder to log a 20/20 campaign since Barry Bonds in 1987, according to Ryan Spaeder of Sporting News. Benintendi also has a .271 average, 90 RBI and 84 runs, and will enter 2018 as one of the top five-category outfielders on draft boards.
Benintendi (leg) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Benintendi hit his leg with a foul ball on two occasions Tuesday, but was confident that he'd be ready to play Wednesday night. That will be the case, as he's starting in left field and hitting third. He'll look to get back on track at the plate, as he's posted a disappointing .200 batting average over the last seven games.
Benintendi hit himself with two foul balls Tuesday night and was seen icing his right leg following the game, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Benintendi fouled one ball off the back of his kneecap and another off his shin. He was seen walking with a slight limp but assured onlookers he was fine. Per usual, we'll need to see how the leg responds the day after to determine his availability for Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays.
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