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Andrew Benintendi injury: Red Sox OF could be out 'a while' with rib strain

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Andrew Benintendi's nightmare 2020 season is hitting pause.

The Boston Red Sox placed the 26-year-old outfielder on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right rib cage strain.

X-rays on Benintendi's rib came back negative, but Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke suggested the outfielder could be sidelined for some time.

"He’s going to be a while," Roenicke told reporters in a video conference. "It’s going to be more than that 10 days."

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Benintendi injured his rib while stumbling on the basepath between second and third base during Tuesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The injury overshadowed Benintendi's rare night of success at the plate: He went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, doubling his hit total for the 2020 season.

Yes, you read that right: The slumping outfielder has four hits in 52 plate appearances, sporting an abysmal .103 batting average with 17 strikeouts.

With Kevin Pillar and Alex Verdugo handling corner outfielder duties, the Red Sox likely will take their time bringing Benintendi back in what already feels like a lost season.

Boston lost its third straight game to Tampa Bay on Wednesday and sits last in the American League East at 6-12.