Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has soreness in his back and didn't travel with the team to Sarasota, Fla. to play against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. He will also not play against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday as the Yanks have a split-squad game.
Sanchez isn't scheduled to travel with the team to Clearwater, Fla. on Monday when the Yankees take on the Philadelphia Phillies.
After catching back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday, the 27-year-old didn't participate in batting practice on Saturday and was unsure of his status for Sunday's games.
"Little tight, a little uncomfortable," Sanchez said through a translator on Sunday, according to the New York Post. "Treating it after catching games back-to-back. Better for me to care take of it now, it's the right time to care of anything, you don't rush anything especially in spring training when you have time. It's up to the trainers."
Sanchez added that he does feel better on Sunday compared to how he felt on Saturday.
"I feel better (Sunday)," Sanchez said. "I definitely feel better than (Saturday)."
Sanchez said the tightness is in the lower and middle of the back, and has been examined by the Yankees' medical staff.
The catcher has been working on a new setup that's designed to frame the lower pitches better and steal strikes, Yankees catching instructor Tanner Swanson mentioned. He's setting up lower to the ground with a leg stretched out to the opposite side of the plate as the hitter.
"I feel good receiving. At the same time I don't know if it is a result of that," Sanchez said.