Gary Sanchez (Groin) Could Be Out Until Playoffs
The Yankees catcher suffered the injury in a surprising fashion
Up 3-0 with two outs in the third inning of a September 12th game vs. the Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez tried (and failed) to steal second base.
As a result, the New York Yankees catcher left the game with “groin tightness”.
He spent time on the IL earlier this season with a similar injury and will join Edwin Encarnacion, who also just went back on the IL.
Gary Sanchez has a groin strain similar to his last one. But Aaron Boone said he’s “optimistic” Sanchez will be back before season ends. Edwin Encarnacion has a “mild” oblique strain, per Boone.— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) September 13, 2019
It’s been a wild, injury-filled campaign for the Yankees, but they’ve proven to be a resilient bunch. Sanchez has been one of the best offensive catchers in baseball this season, hitting .233 with 34 home runs and 77 RBI in 104 games played.
If he isn’t able to return for the playoffs, Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka will likely split the catching duties, as they will when he misses the upcoming regular-season contests.