Sanchez, 23, is batting .319 with two home runs, seven RBI and two steals over the last 10 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In most other organizations, Sanchez would already be in the big leagues. However, the presence of Brian McCann has forced him to stay in the minors to get everyday at-bats. Through 54 games at Triple-A, Sanchez is batting .281/.319/.491 with nine home runs, 37 RBI and five steals. He will play in the Futures Game this weekend.
Sanchez (thumb) has been taking grounders at first base, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Sanchez has been nursing a cracked right thumb injury, but it appears the Yankees are at least willing to explore their options with regular first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list. The catcher is still on the minor league DL, but it sounds as though he may be nearing a return, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be called up or stay at Triple-A when healthy.
Sanchez has been diagnosed with a cracked right thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, the YES Network's Jack Curry reports. The hard-hitting catching prospect will rest his thumb for two weeks and then the Yankees will X-ray it to see where he's at. Sanchez has plenty of potential if and when he gets a chance in the big leagues, but with Brian McCann in place, he had an uncertain ETA.
Sanchez left Tuesday's game after taking a foul ball off the hand. His status should be updated once the Yankees take X-rays and announce the exact injury. Sanchez is one of the most big-league-ready catchers in the minor leagues, especially offensively, but he is blocked for now by Brian McCann.
Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday. Sanchez was recalled just a day earlier, and he served as the DH in Friday's game against the White Sox, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The 23-year-old will return to Triple-A, where he holds a healthy .288/.336/.541 slash line in 111 at-bats.
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