The Yankees will be without Gary Sanchez until after the All-Star break. Earlier today the team announced Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain as expected, and this afternoon Aaron Boone confirmed Gary will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade I strain. That’s a bummer, but, all things considered, this is probably the best case scenario.
Sanchez exited yesterday’s game with the injury after running out a double play ground ball. He had calf trouble earlier this year and a few weeks ago Boone indicated Gary’s been dealing with a shoulder issue as well. Now he has month to rest up and let everything heal. Sucks. Hopefully he comes back as strong as ever.
With Sanchez sidelined, the Yankees will go with Austin Romine as the starting catcher, and he’s been great so far this season. He also has fewer than 100 plate appearances and there is nothing in his track record to suggest what he’s done so far this season will last. Not much more we can do other than hope for the best.
Kyle Higashioka was called up to replace Sanchez on the roster and he’ll take over as the backup catcher, a role he held briefly when Sanchez was sidelined last April. Higashioka is 0-for-18 in the big leagues. Still looking for that first hit. Here are all today’s roster moves:
- Sanchez placed on the 10-day DL with right groin strain.
- Clint Frazier sent down to Triple-A Scranton.
- Higashioka and Gio Gallegos recalled from Triple-A Scranton.
Sanchez going on the disabled list allowed the Yankees to recall Gallegos before his ten days in the minors were up. He was up as the 26th man in the one-and-a-half-header in Washington last week. The bullpen worked a lot in yesterday’s 12-inning game and the Yankees needed a fresh arm. My guess is Gallegos will be sent out for a position player fairly soon, maybe even tomorrow.
The Frazier demotion means two things. One, Chasen Shreve is sticking around, like or not. And two, the Yankees will roll with a three-man bench in a National League park for at least one night. The bench will be Higashioka, Neil Walker, and whichever one of the four regular outfielders isn’t starting. Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Brandon Drury, and Billy McKinney are all eligible to be called up while Ronald Torreyes can’t return until Thursday due to the ten-day rule. A 14-man pitching staff it is.