The New York Yankees are making moves after their extra-inning slugfest in Minnesota and Gary Sanchez is the biggest name involved.
The New York Yankees had to do some roster reshuffling after Tuesday night’s thrilling victory over the Minnesota Twins. Despite the victory, the Yanks were dealt a tough blow in regards to Gary Sanchez.
The team announced that Sanchez is heading to the 10-day injured list after appearing to tweak something while trying to beat out a ground ball. Kyle Higashioka is coming up from Triple-A to replace Sanchez on the roster. Backup catcher Austin Romine should see most of the time behind the plate until Sanchez returns.
The Yankees must be numb to injuries at this point in the season. The IL has been a revolving door of major contributors, but the Bronx Bombers haven’t skipped a beat.
In fact, this stint on the IL could benefit Sanchez in the long run. The catcher was mired in a 6-for-59 slump in July and his batting average has dropped all the way to .229.
In addition to the Sanchez move, the Yankees sent down reliever Jonathan Holder and recalled Nestor Cortes Jr. to take his place. Cortes is a long reliever that has often been called upon to come in after the Yanks deploy an opener.
The lefty can give the Yankees length that they will desperately need. New York used seven pitchers in Tuesday’s win and will probably need Cortes to give the rest of the bullpen a reprieve on Wednesday when J.A. Happ takes the bump against Minnesota’s Jake Odorizzi at 8:10 p.m. ET.