Benintendi is out of the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
The lefty hitter will sit against hard-throwing southpaw Carlos Rodon. Benintendi has overcome an unremarkable early-season stretch and raised his batting average to .276 with 11 RBI and five stolen bases. Jarrod Dyson gets the start in left Saturday, but Benintendi figures to return to the lineup Sunday against right-hander Dylan Cease.
Benintendi went 3-for-5 Thursday against the Tigers.
Benintendi collected three singles, though that did not translate to any counting stats. Even so, he's now recorded at least one hit in 16 of his last 18 games and also has eight multi-hit efforts in that span. Though he has only eight extra-base hits, Benintendi has maintained a solid .281/.345/.391 line with 18 runs scored, 11 RBI and five stolen bases through 142 plate appearances on the season.
Benintendi went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to Detroit.
Both of Benintendi's hits were singles, and he wasn't able to get involved in any run-scoring plays. He's hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games, going 22-for-59 (.373) in that span. The outfielder is slashing .275/.346/.392 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 18 runs scored across 133 plate appearances. He's also supplied some speed, going 5-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
Benintendi went 1-for-4 with a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in Thursday's 4-0 loss to Cleveland.
During his streak, Benintendi is hitting .421 (16-for-38) with two home runs, four RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases. The outfielder's long run of success at the dish has his season slash line up to .276/.345/.410 across 116 plate appearances. After losing his grip on the No. 2 spot in the order due to a slow start, Benintendi has returned to that prime position behind Whit Merrifield.
Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's loss against Cleveland.
Benintendi recorded a double off Shane Bieber -- his fifth of the season -- and extended his hitting streak to nine games, a span during which he's gone 15-for-34 (.441). He also has five multi-hit performances during that stretch and has been one of the Royals' most consistent hitters through the first few weeks of the campaign.
Benintendi went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to Cleveland.
Benintendi got aboard with a single in the third inning and swiped second as part of a double steal with Whit Merrifield. After a frosty start at the plate, Benintendi has gone 13-for-30 (.433) with two home runs, four RBI, six runs scored and two stolen bases during his eight-game hitting streak. He's batted second in the last two contests -- he'll be in position to get more involved in the offense if he stays near the top of the order. For the year, the outfielder has five stolen bases, three home runs, 10 RBI and 17 runs scored across 108 plate appearances.
Benintendi went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs and two RBI as Kansas City beat Minnesota 11-3 on Saturday.
Benintendi accounted for the Royals final two runs on the day with solo blasts in the sixth and eighth innings while also singling and scoring in the fourth. The first-year Royal is coming around with hits in five straight games and is slashing .262/.340/.757.
Benintendi went 1-for-2 with a two-run double, three walks and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Pirates.
Benintendi drew the first of his three walks in the first inning and scored on a Hunter Dozier triple. In the sixth, Benintendi plated the Royals' last two runs of the game with a double. The outfielder is now slashing .234/.322/.325 with four stolen bases, one home run, eight RBI and 12 runs scored across 87 plate appearances. He remains in an everyday role, but the 26-year-old has frequently hit seventh in the order after a slow start to the season.
Benintendi is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Benintendi hits the bench for just the second time this season. It's hard to say he's earned an everyday role, as he's hitting .2247/.293/.307 on the year, but the Royals have so far seemed content to let him play through his struggles. He's at least helped fantasy teams out with four steals, and Benintendi should be expected to continue running frequently for a Kansas City team that's attempted the second-most steals in the league.
Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Tigers.
Benintendi singled and stole second base in the eighth inning. The 26-year-old outfielder is now slashing .225/.295/.310 with one home run, four stolen bases, six RBI and 11 runs scored in 78 plate appearances.
Benintendi went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, and an additional run scored in Friday's 6-2 win over the Tigers.
Benintendi opened the scoring with a second-inning blast off Tigers starter Casey Mize. In the fifth, Benintendi got aboard with a single and scored on a Nicky Lopez groundout. The long ball was Benintendi's first of the year. The outfielder has added three stolen bases (on five attempts), five RBI and 10 runs scored with a .219/.296/.313 slash line in 17 contests.
Benintendi is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
Benintendi started the first 13 games of the season but will take a seat after posting a .216/.286/.275 slash line with 16 strikeouts in 56 plate appearances. Kyle Isbel will shift to left field while Hunter Dozier receives the start in right against left-hander Robbie Ray.
Benintendi went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Angels.
Benintendi has recorded all three of his stolen bases this season in the last four games. Wednesday also marked the outfielder's first multi-hit effort of the year. He's batting .225/.311/.250 with one RBI, five runs scored and just one extra-base hit across 10 games.
Benintendi went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Angels.
Benintendi got aboard with a walk in the first period and scored on Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly. In the third, Whit Merrifield and Benintendi both singled to start the inning, then executed a double-steal. That accounted for Benintendi's second stolen base of the season. Even with Tuesday's production, Benintendi is slashing .200/.300/.200 with an RBI and five runs scored, and all seven of his hits thus far have been singles.
Benintendi went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Benintendi contributed a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to plate Nicky Lopez. In the 10th, Benintendi reached on an error and stole second as part of a double-steal with Whit Merrifield. The 26-year-old Benintendi has no homers, one steal, one RBI and three runs scored through seven games this season. None of his six hits have gone for extra bases.
Benintendi is hitting just .200 (5-for-25) over the first six games of the season.
All five of his hits so far have been singles. He's also drawn two walks and struck out eight times. Benintendi has scored three runs, but he's not getting on base very well (.257) despite consistently hitting second in the order behind Whit Merrifield. The left-handed hitting Benintendi would likely still work on the strong side of a platoon if his role were reduced, but he's struggled to produce a fantasy-relevant stat line through the first week of the season.
Benintendi (lower body) will start in left field and bat second Sunday against the Rangers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Benintendi was pulled late in Saturday's 11-4 win due to lower-body soreness, going 0-for-4 at the plate prior to his departure. Manager Mike Matheny described Benintendi's removal as precautionary, and the 26-year-old's presence in the lineup a day later seemingly confirms as much. He'll take aim against right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Rangers as Kansas City looks to complete a series sweep.
Manager Mike Matheny removed Benintendi from Saturday's win over the Rangers as a precaution due to lower-body soreness, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
The 26-year-old went 0-for-4 before being replaced in the outfield for the top of the seventh inning with the Royals leading 10-4. It made sense for Matheny to illustrate some caution early in the season. It appears to be a minor issue, though it's unclear if Benintendi will be available for Sunday's series finale versus Texas.
Benintendi (back) will bat second and play left field Thursday against the White Sox.
Benintendi hasn't played since Saturday while working through a bout of back soreness. He should still have time to get ready for Opening Day, which is two weeks away, though his bat hasn't woken up yet this spring, as he's 3-for-18 in Cactus League action.
Benintendi was scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the Giants due to back soreness, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The Royals don't appear to be particularly worried about the issue. Benintendi can afford to rest for a few days and still have time to get up to speed by Opening Day. Bubba Starling will replace him in left field in Monday's lineup.
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