Gary Sanchez is already mashing home runs in his first game with the New York Yankees following his stint on the 10-day IL.

Gary Sanchez is a very dangerous hitter when he’s on top of his game. On Saturday, the New York Yankees slugger he showed off his raw power with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

That ball left the park in a real hurry. It was Sanchez’s first home run since July 4 and could be a sign of things to come.

Through his first 56 games of the season, Sanchez was putting up MVP-like numbers. He slashed .274/.340/.642 with 23 home runs and 52 RBIs. However, he underwent a vicious slump over his next 21 games. His slash line was a paltry .118/.194/.176.

The Yankees need the Sanchez from the first part of the season. Perhaps his short stint on the injured list was exactly what he needed to turn his season around.

The Yankees have been putting on a show with their bats lately and they are not close to full strength. Having Sanchez back is a major positive, but they are still missing the likes of Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, and Luke Voit.

The good news is that the AL East is locked up and the cavalcade of injured Yankees have ample time to get healthy before October.

In addition to the sluggers on the shelf, the Yankees are still waiting on Luis Severino and Dellin Betances to return and shore up the pitching staff.

It’s remarkable that the Yankees have been able to play so well despite all the injuries they’ve suffered.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.