Freddy Garcia leaves start after taking comebacker off hand

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UPDATE: X-rays came back negative.

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Freddy Garcia walked off the mound and into the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his right hand in the fourth inning of this afternoon’s start.

Garcia tried to field the ball hit by Edwin Encarnacion and then immediately exited.

Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Garcia is headed for X-rays, but the Yankees are deeming them “precautionary.”

Between this and David Robertson hurting his foot falling down some stairs, it’s been a tough week for the Yankees pitching staff.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.