As if losing three heart-breakers in Houston wasn’t enough, the Yankees now have to deal with their starting catcher joining the crowded injured list. Sanchez will go on the 10-day IL retroactive to 4/11.
The Yankees injured list is better than 75% of the rosters in MLB:
C: Gary Sanchez SS: Didi Gregorius 3B: Miguel Andujar CF: Aaron Hicks LF: Giancarlo Stanton SP: Luis Severino RP: Dellin Betances
The above tweet doesn’t even include Troy Tulowitzki, who was brought into play shortstop while Didi is out, or Jordan Montgomery, Ben Heller and … (I swear I’m not laughing) … Jacoby Ellsbury.
It’s to the point of ridiculous. The team is already struggling and now they are losing Sanchez, who has 6 home runs and was looking more and more comfortable at the plate each day. He has also been solid behind the plate, not allowing a passed ball thus far in the season (although he has had some questionable throws).
Kyle Higashioka will replace Gary and backup Austin Romine. Last year Higgy appeared in 29 major league games and slashed .167/.241/.319.
So what now? Next man up! Well what happens when they run out of men?
It does not seem like Gary’s calf injury is too serious, and he was even surprised the MRI showed a strain. Sanchez was healthy enough to pinch hit in Wednesday’s game and hopes to be back by the end of the current home stand which features three games vs. the White Sox, two vs. the Red Sox, and four vs. the Royals.
Gary Sánchez says he is shut down for five days from baseball activities (including yesterday and today). Said he hopes to return at the end of the requisite 10 days.