Carpenter is dealing with a fractured foot, and Benintendi with a broken hamate bone in one of his wrists.
Both are running out of time to be ready in time for the Yankees first playoff series.
However, according to New York Post’s Joel Sherman, there is hope for both.
“Trying to figure out the positional group the #Yankees will use in the playoffs, includes Brian Cashman telling me there is a chance Carpenter can get back in time to play in season-closing series vs. the Rangers,” he reported.
Carpenter Could Play Near The End Of The Regular Season
That’s a new, encouraging report: it’s still not set in stone that Carpenter will be back, but the fact that he is in play for that last series allows the team to dream.
He hit 15 home runs with a .305 average and a .727 slugging percentage in just 154 plate appearances.
Sherman went into details: “Heard Carpenter’s most recent imaging was positive, Benintendi’s stitches due out in next few days and LeMahieu told me he’s close to letting loose to see what his toe can handle. The NYY are potentially getting healthier and will have to make some tough postseason roster calls,” he tweeted.
Heard Carpenter's most recent imaging was positive, Benintendi's stitches due out in next few days and LeMahieu told me he's close to letting loose to see what his toe can handle. The NYY are potentially getting healthier and will have to make some tough postseason roster calls https://t.co/566PsqBC9L
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 26, 2022
LeMahieu’s toe has been giving him problems, but there is also a chance he is ready soon.
These three players would need a lot of batting practice and, ideally, live at-bats to regain their rhythm due to their long layoffs, but it appears they could be factors for the Yankees in the postseason.