Yankees C Gary Sanchez underwent successful shoulder surgery on Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. The surgery was performed by Yankees Head team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that Sanchez has been trouble with his shoulder since 2017. He would receive cortisone shots to play through the injury, but he aggravated it more during training in Tampa this past week.
"We could've continued with the conservative treatment but we're going to go the other route and just stay ahead of it," Cashman said. "Down time is three month -- he'll be ready to go by Opening Day at the latest."
If the Yankees are without Sanchez for a longer period of time, Cashman is confident in Austin Romine to take his spot.
Sanchez is the second Yankee starter that underwent offseason surgery, with SS Didi Gregorius undergoing Tommy John Surgery after the season. He is expected to miss the start of the new year.
Cashman said his shoulder could have played a factor in his poor play. Sanchez hit .186/.291/.406 with 18 homers and 53 RBI last season. He dealt with nagging groin injuries that kept him out for a significant amount of time as well.