The Yankees have placed Gary Sanchez on the 10-day DL with a right bicep strain. The 24-year-old backstop suffered the injury in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Orioles when he fouled off a 3-2 pitch.
“It felt kind of like when you pull a hamstring,” Sanchez said through a translator. “It was the same feeling. After I felt it, I tried to do a warmup swing and I couldn’t do it.”
In a corresponding move, the team has recalled 26-year-old catcher Kyle Higashioka from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Austin Romine will get the majority of the starts behind the dish, but Higashioka will definitely see some reps.
Gary Sanchez is going on the 10-day disabled list. No timetable yet for recovery. Kyle Higashioka will join the team in Baltimore tomorrow.
Sanchez will undergo more tests when the team gets back to New York after Sunday’s finale against Baltimore. Despite being so young, he is no stranger to injuries. Last season, he broke his thumb in the minors and missed 2.5 weeks. In 2015, he pulled a hamstring and missed about the same amount of time.
The injury to Sanchez is the latest in a string that have plagued the Bombers. Greg Bird is nursing a right foot injury while top pitching prospect James Kaprielian is expected to miss a significant amount of time with an elbow injury.
“It’s not what you want to see,” Joe Girardi said. “The young kid is very talented and he’s done some really good things in his short career, but the other guys will get an opportunity now.”
Higashioka has only played in one game in Triple-A this season, going 0-4 with an RBI. The backstop did open some eyes in Spring Training, however. In 20 games behind the plate, he hit .296/.406/.630 with two homers and three doubles.