White Sox leadoff man Andrew Benintendi’s hand is feeling better, and it shows

Benintendi extended his hitting streak to seven games Wednesday, days after getting a cortisone shot before the All-Star break.

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The White Sox’ Andrew Benintendi hits a single during the fourth inning against the New York Mets on Wednesday.

The White Sox’ Andrew Benintendi hits a single during the fourth inning against the New York Mets on Wednesday.

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NEW YORK — Andrew Benintendi quietly played through soreness in his right hand before the All-Star break and still put up good numbers.

Since getting an injection shortly before the All-Star break, the production has picked up.

“It’s feeling better,” Benintendi said before the White Sox’ 5-1 loss to the Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field. “Still not 100% strength, and I don’t think it will happen until next year.”

Benintendi had a cortisone shot on the Saturday before the All-Star break. That gave him two days off before the break, then the four off days. He was 9-for-18 with seven runs scored and five RBI coming out of the break, then broke up Justin Verlander’s no-hitter with a sharp single to center in the fourth inning Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

“You gotta do what you gotta do and play with what you got,” he said.

Signed to a five-year, $75 million contract before the season, Benintendi is batting .292/.357/.378 but with only one home run. Perhaps the power will pick up if the hand feels stronger.

Since moving to the leadoff spot on June 17, Benintendi was batting .362/.413/.457 with nine doubles heading into the game. He went 1-for-4.

“It matters not one bit where I bat in the lineup,” he said. “It’s all the same to me.”

Perez gets a look-see

Rookie Carlos Perez got his first start of the season at catcher, handling starter Touki Toussaint.

“I want to see him catch,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “Every time I put him in on both sides of the ball, he’s done something that caught my eye.

‘‘I like the way he receives the ball, I like how he’s blocked the ball, but it’s been short samples. He moves around well; he’s athletic.”

Eloy out of lineup

Eloy Jimenez did not start a second straight game because of tightness in his left groin that forced him out of a game Sunday in Atlanta, but Grifol said he was available to pinch-hit. Grifol said the same thing Tuesday but also didn’t use him.

Jimenez is expected to be in the lineup Thursday.

Vaughn sits one out

First baseman Andrew Vaughn fouled a pitch off his left foot Tuesday and sat out in favor of Gavin Sheets. Vaughn was available to pinch-hit but didn’t get in the game.

“He’s limping around a bit,” Grifol said.

Clevinger, Hendriks throw sim games

Mike Clevinger (biceps) and Liam Hendriks (elbow) faced Oscar Colas, Zach Remillard and Seby Zavala in sim games on the field. Clevinger threw about 45 pitches, got up and down three times as planned and was getting swings and misses. Hendriks threw 17 pitches.

The Sox will update the next steps Thursday. Clevinger could be headed to a minor-league rehab start; Hendriks isn’t as close.

Moncada update

Third baseman Yoan Moncada played his fifth rehab game at Triple-A Charlotte and is “progressing really well,” Grifol said, although he was 1-for-13 in his first four games. “His body feels really good. We just have to get him in baseball shape. It could be another four, five, six, seven games down there.”

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