After exiting today’s game in the tenth inning with an apparent leg injury, Aaron Boone announced post game that Gary Sanchez will likely land on the DL with a groin/hip injury. Sanchez injured himself running down the first base line in attempt to beat a double play. As his right leg hit the bag, Sanchez grabbed the inside of his leg in pain and limped off the field.
Boone says Sanchez likely to DL with right hip/groin issue.
This is the second Yankees player injured while running the bases, as Masahiro Tanaka is still recovering from straining both of his hamstrings in Washington recently. No timetable is set on Sanchez’s return. He will undergo an MRI tomorrow.
What happens now?
In the meantime, Kyle Higashioka will likely be called up in Sanchez’s absence. This injury may not be so bad after all for Sanchez, as he is in the midst of the worst year of his young career. He is slashing .194/.292/.441, although his production is some of the best in the MLB at his position. Perhaps a couple weeks off will give Sanchez an opportunity to regroup and come back anew after the All-Star Break.