Yankees C Gary Sanchez was expected to participate in on-field BP Tuesday, but wasn't there for his session. Sanchez has been dealing with a tight back, but that isn't the reason for his absence.
According to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Sanchez tested positive for the flu, and was not tested for the coronavirus.
Sanchez didn't play in Sunday's spring training game after saying he was "little tight, a little uncomfortable" in his middle and lower back.
Manager Aaron Boone said on Monday that Sanchez won't be back in the lineup until Friday, and said the veteran will be doing "catching stuff" in the meantime.
But then he was on the on-field BP list, so it looked like he was progressing better than expected. Now his illness won't allow the Yankees to know that for sure.
"It's the right time to [take] care of anything, you don't rush anything especially in spring training when you have time. It's up to the trainers," Sanchez said on Sunday.
Sanchez has gotten off to a slow start in spring, with just one hit in 17 at-bats over seven games thus far. He has also struck out seven times.