New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez Takes Step Forward In Quest To Return
Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) talks with Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) before being removed from the game due to an injury in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez expects to take 15 swings for the first time since hitting the 10-day DL.

The New York Yankees may be rolling, but the best may be yet to come as stud catcher Gary Sanchez is making strides to return to the diamond.

Marly Rivera of ESPN reports that the 24-year-old will swing for the first time since suffering a biceps strain on Sunday, April 8, against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list and while he had a catch with bench coach Tony Pena last week, he has yet to swing a bat since the injury.

Sanchez, who tied Wally Berger as the fastest player to reach the 20 home run mark in 2016, is expected to take around 15 swings off of a batting tee on Saturday at PNC Park.

Since his injury, the Yankees have still managed to win nine out of 10 games (including the contest in which he left) with Austin Romine getting the majority of reps at catcher.

Originally on the roster as Sanchez’s backup, Romine is 8-for-23 (.348) with one home run and is maintaining the third-best catcher’s ERA in major league baseball (2.76). There is still no report of an expected return date for Sanchez.