Sanchez is not in the starting lineup Friday against the A's. It's the second time in the past three games that Sanchez heads to the bench, though it may be due to his unimpressive numbers against left-handed pitching (.167/.318/.167). Look for the catching phenom to be back behind the plate Saturday while Austin Romine takes over in his stead.
Sanchez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Sanchez was hit in the mask by a foul ball over the weekend, so this night off seems like a way to keep him fresh after that incident as well as two straight hitless showings. Austin Romine will fill in for him behind the dish.
Sanchez (face) is in the Yankees' lineup behind the plate and batting second against the Rays on Sunday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Sanchez's availability for Sunday's matinee against the Rays was in question after he took a foul ball off his face mask during Saturday's contest. The slugging backstop experienced some discomfort in his jaw and ear, but it apparently wasn't enough to keep him out of the lineup Sunday. He'll look to build upon his five-game hitting streak.
Sanchez experienced pain in his face after a foul ball struck his mask Saturday, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports. On the same day that he returned from a bout of neck stiffness, Sanchez was dealt a new batch of ailments. After he was struck with a foul ball, Sanchez was experiencing discomfort in his jaw and ear. At this point in time, there's no word whether or not his latest injuries will affect his availability for Sunday's game against the Rays, although he was able to stay in Saturday after being hit. If Sanchez is omitted from the lineup, Austin Romine will likely fill in behind the dish.
Manager Joe Girardi said Sanchez was held out of Friday's game due to a stiff neck, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Sanchez is back behind the plate for Saturday's game, so it doesn't appear the issue was anything major. The 24-year-old phenom has already missed time this season with a biceps strain, but he'll avoid an extended stay on the bench this time around. Sanchez will look to build on his four-game hitting streak as the Yankees face Matt Andriese and the Rays on Saturday.
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