The New York Yankees had a problem with Gary Sanchez when he was healthy…now they can’t wait to get the heavy hitting catcher back.
A .190 batting average is nothing you want in the lineup. But when it comes attached to the monster form of Gary Sanchez, the New York Yankees will reconsider.
Sanchez went on the disabled list on June 25 with a strained right groin and the Yankees have been seeking to fill the holes any way that they can. However, with Austin Romine going down with an injury as well, the Yankees can’t wait to get Sanchez back due to their lack of catching depth.
All is well though, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, who reported today that the Yankees are hoping to have Sanchez back in the lineup by the All-Star break.
Gary Sanchez’s recovery is going well. He hasn’t run yet, but the #Yankees are hopeful that he can be back around the All-Star break.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 1, 2018
Despite his poor numbers, having Gary Sanchez in the lineup is a huge benefit for the Yankees. He’s already shown off his power with 14 home runs, including several clutch shots to help the Yankees earn some key victories.
The big problem with Sanchez is his defense. While that part of his game is certainly great at times, he also has shown just how much he struggles behind the plate. This season, he has logged 456 innings behind the plate, resulting in nine passed balls. Last year, he allowed 16. He’s well on his way to doing the same or even worse.
But Sanchez is part of that young core that has kept the Yankees going this season and they want him in the lineup any chance that they can get.
In his place, the Yankees are putting in Kyle Higashioka, a 28-year-old who has yet to record his first hit in the majors. So, yeah, they could definitely use a Sanchez return, especially with Romine battling injury as well.