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Red Sox to call up prospect Andrew Benintendi today

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Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will call up prospect outfielder Andrew Benintendi today.

Benintendi, the Sox 2015 first round pick, will make the jump from Double-A, where he has hit .295/.357/.515 with eight homers and 44 RBI in 66 games. Across High-A and Double-A he has hit .312/.378/.532 with nine homers, 76 RBI, and 16 steals over 97 games. He just turned 22. He’s a center fielder. He bats left handed so, Drellich notes, he’ll likely not get his first start until Wednesday since the Mariners are throwing a lefty at Boston in tonight’s game. Going forward he’ll platoon in left with Bryce Brentz.

The Sox were looking at potential upgrades at the deadline. But why trade when you got exactly what you need in the system? At least on paper. How Benintendi does on the field will be a lot of fun to watch.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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