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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is hoping to be healthy and back with the team for the eventual postseason.

Earlier in September, New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez left the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers with a left groin strain. He hasn’t played since.

However, things are looking optimistic for Sanchez. While undergoing rehab and making progress with his recovery, Sanchez is hopeful he’ll be back and healthy for the eventual postseason.

“Right now with everything I’ve done, I feel better,” Sanchez said after working out at the ballclub’s Tampa complex this week, per Marly Rivera of ESPN. “Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now.”

“I ran the bases a bit; played some defense too. I took regular batting practice in the cage and I took BP outside. I feel good,” he added. “Everything I have done has gone well. There have been no problems at all. We have to wait to see how things go in the next couple of days.”

Sanchez hasn’t missed too much time this year when you compare his injury to the injury lengths of some others. The Bombers have sent 31 guys to the injured list this year, a new major league record.

The catcher has played in 104 games in 2019, hitting 34 home runs, 77 RBIs, and a slash line of .233/.318/.531. Despite the current setback, Sanchez is just looking towards full recovery for the postseason.

“I was always hopeful, from day one, that I would be back,” Sanchez told ESPN. “I knew that because our trainers do tremendous work and I knew they were going to be able to put me in the position of how I feel right now. I feel very good, and all I need is to be ready for the playoffs.”

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