It hasn't been a good last month for Gary Sanchez, and now it just got worse.
The All-Star catcher is headed to the IL with a left groin strain, the Yankees announced. His injury came in Tuesday night's thrilling win against the Twins after trying to beat out a groundball to shortstop. He was set to have an MRI on Wednesday.
The injury initially looked like an ankle ailment, as replay showed Sanchez turn his right ankle. However, Boone said it was a groin injury and the IL stint was possible.
"I felt it after I stepped on the base," Sanchez told reporters after the game via a translator. "It felt kind of like a cramp. It's nothing like what I had last year. The pain is completely different."
Austin Romine, then, will take Sanchez' spot as the No. 1 catcher on the roster. Kyle Higashioka was also recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to add another catcher.
Before this injury, Sanchez just couldn't catch a break at the plate. Mired in a slump, Sanchez was slashing .143/.217/.250 heading into last night's game, before going 0-for-5 for the second straight game. That's an entirely different Sanchez than the one that posted a .269/.338/.625 slash line with 22 homers and 50 RBI before this bad stretch that started on June 21.
Hopefully Sanchez can return to the Yankees not just with a healthy groin, but with some more success at the dish.
Other than the Sanchez transaction, RHP Jonathan Holder was sent down to Triple-A with LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. recalled to fill his spot in the bullpen.