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The Red Sox have been without phenom outfielder Andrew Benintendi since he sprained his left knee on Aug. 24. While the team feared worse at the time of the injury, Benintendi was still expected to miss much of September. On that front, there’s good news.

Per Ian Browne on Twitter, Boston manager John Farrell said Benintendi would be activated prior to Tuesday night’s key game against the Orioles (BAL-BOS GameTracker) and immediately available for pinch-hitting duty. As well, Farrell said Benintendi is likely to be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. That puts him back well ahead of schedule.

This season, Benintendi, 22, has batted .324/.365/.485 (119 OPS+) in his first 74 big-league plate appearances. That’s not surprising considering he entered 2016 widely regarded as one of the top-25 overall prospects in baseball. Assuming he’s ready for regular duty, Benintendi figures to resume his role as the Sox’s regular left fielder.


Source: CBS Sports / Red Sox get rookie Andrew Benintendi back sooner than expected