Yankees have activated C Gary Sanchez from the 10-day DL after recovering from a groin injury sustained on June 24. C Kyle Higashioka was optioned to Triple-A to make room.
Sanchez returns in time to face the Mets at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 4.5 games heading into the second half of the MLB season.
The 25-year-old Sanchez, who hasn't played since he left the 10th inning of the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Rays after grounding into a double play, has a .190/.291/.433 batting line with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 63 games this season.
Sanchez homered in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.