Sanchez (groin) took batting practice in the cage, worked on defensive drills and threw to bases Friday in New York, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Manager Aaron Boone stated that Sanchez had "a good day" mixing in various drills and activities after the Yankees sent him in for an additional MRI, just to make sure everything is healing as planned. Looking ahead, Sanchez will return to Tampa on Sunday, where he's set to begin a rehab assignment by the end of next week.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Sanchez (groin) is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 24, DJ Eberle of the Times-Leader reports. Sanchez will likely require a few outings with the RailRiders before returning to New York, but if all goes according to plan, he could be back in the big leagues before the end of the month. In recent days, Sanchez has ramped up his catching activity and resumed running, though he's not running quite at 100 percent yet.
Sanchez no longer feels pain in his groin but is not yet running at 100 percent Tuesday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Sanchez is back in the Bronx to continue his rehab. His recovery timeline is not yet clear, but the Yankees are hoping to have him playing in minor-league rehab games sometime next week, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The team figure to proceed cautiously with the backstop, as he lasted just four days before re-injuring his groin the last time he returned from the disabled list. Austin Romine will continue to start in his absence.
Sanchez (groin) is expected to hit indoors and ramp up his catching activity Monday, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports. Sanchez will arrive in New York Sunday night, but his bigger workload will wait to begin until Monday. This still leaves his timetable a bit up in the air, though things should become clearer once it's known how his body reacts to the increased activity.
Sanchez (groin) is scheduled to run on the field Thursday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Sanchez has been hitting off a tee and doing throwing drills in Tampa, but this will mark his first time running without a zero-gravity treadmill since landing on the DL on July 24. The backstop is set to rejoin the Yankees in New York on Sunday, after which a more concrete timetable for his return should come forth.