The Yankees took a big sigh of relief when they learned that Gary Sanchez was only cramping in his right calf when he had to come out of Tuesday's game.
It is with that sigh of relief that manager Aaron Boone kept caution when making his Wednesday lineup that didn't see Sanchez' name penciled in. He decided to give his slugging catcher an off-day to recuperate, knowing the Yankees have no game schedule on Thursday as well.
"I feel like we dodged a bullet," Boone told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "He came out here and did some agility running workouts before and checked out OK. He was actually texting me early [Wednesday] morning that he was good to go, but with this off-day tomorrow, it's probably best to hold him back. I think he's fine, and he'll be an option for us if we need him."
This isn't the first time Sanchez has had cramping in the same calf. He had to leave an extra-inning bout with the Orioles on April 6, and would miss two days after that as well. This time, though, Boone says it isn't as bad.
"I think it's less [severe]," Boone said. "We haven't dealt with a lot of heat yet, so hopefully we squashed it and it won't be an issue."
Despite his .230 overall average, Sanchez is crushing the ball lately with a .391 average, three homers and four RBI in his last seven games.
Luckily for the Yankees, though, so is his backup Austin Romine.
""Ro's playing really well," Boone said. "Ro impacts the game in so many positive ways with the way he's swinging the bat. It's always hard to keep Gary down, because we know what he's capable of on any given night, and so it's hard to sit down one of your dudes. But yes, Ro playing the way he is, we at least feel like we're putting in a guy that can impact the game."
Romine is having tremendous success in his backup role this season, with a .341/.408/.568 slashline, two homers, and 11 RBI entering tonight's game.