Sanchez was in the news yesterday, of course, after he turned in an uninspiring performance in last night’s game that helped seal a Yankees loss. He seemingly failed to hustle on two plays that had a direct bearing on the outcome, leading to quite a lot of angst.
This morning, though, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweeted that there was some indication Sanchez may have been injured early in the contest. Olney confirms in his tweet that an MRI revealed an injury.
On the one hand, perhaps the news offers at least a partial explanation for Sanchez’s lackluster effort. On the other, it means that the Yanks are again going to lose one of their best hitters for an as-yet-unknown stretch.
Presumably, Kyle Higashioka will end up returning to play alongside Austin Romine while Sanchez is out. That is hardly an optimal situation for a team that now has six games to make up in the AL East.