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New York Yankees: Sanchez Homers In First AB Of Rehab Stint (Video)

Recovering New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez took the first pitch he saw of his rehab assignment deep to right-center. 

Talk about coming back with a bang…

In New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez’s first game of a rehab contest with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the phenom put a charge on the first pitch he saw from Mark Appel and sent it over the right-field fence.

Sanchez, who is rehabbing from a right bicep injury that he suffered during the fifth game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, could return to the Bombers this weekend when they travel to Wrigley to take on the Chicago Cubs.

Of course, getting back a kid who tied Wally Berger as the fastest player to reach the 20 home run mark in 2016 is a welcoming sign for manager Joe Girardi, but to bring him back to a lineup that currently ranks second in baseball in offensive WAR? Now that’s something out of a far-fetched fantasy.

The 24-year old backstop is expected to catch and play seven innings today and tomorrow. On Thursday, he will DH and play nine innings as the RailRiders wrap up their three-game set with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

H/T: Shane Hennigan, Scranton Times-Tribune