The New York Yankees have lost one of their prized prospects, Gary Sanchez, after breaking his right thumb at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.New York Yankees top catching prospect, Gary Sanchez, has gone down with a broken thumb after a foul ball crushed his right throwing hand on Wednesday’s 7-1 Railriders win.
He was sent to New York to receive X-Rays and they did, in fact, reveal a non-displaced fracture on his right thumb he has been placed on the minor league disabled list and will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks.
Sanchez was ranked the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect by MLB.com and No. 2 by Baseball America (No. 36 overall) entering the 2016 campaign. The Yankees inked Sanchez to a contract for $2.5 million as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic.
The catcher has been placed on the minor-league disabled list and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
The 23-year-old catcher had a slash line of .290/.333/.529 prior to the injury at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with a .989 OPS in May. Last week, the Yankees called him up temporarily to be in the lineup as a designated hitter.
It is such an unfortunate blow to the young backstop who was thought to be the backup catcher this season but lost the position after being out-hit by Austin Romine.
In spring training, Sanchez slashed .091/.259/.136 in 22 total at-bats and is hitless in his first six plate appearances at the Major League level.
Gary Sanchez has a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb. He will go on the Minor League DL and be re-evaluated in 2 weeks.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 25, 2016
Gary Sanchez has a cracked right thumb. He will rest it and he will be reevaluated with an X-Ray in 2 weeks.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) May 25, 2016
Injury update: @ElGarySanchez had x-rays performed, revealing a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb & will be placed on the DL, contd.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) May 25, 2016