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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez diagnosed with the flu, not tested for coronavirus

The Yankees won 103 games a season ago, but in some ways their success was overshadowed by the absurd number of injuries they suffered. Unfortunately for the colossus in the Bronx, the run-up to the 2020 season hasn’t brought measurably improved fortunes.

To recap, lefty James Paxton is sidelined until at least May after undergoing back surgery. Tommy John surgery has put right-hander Luis Severino out for all of 2020, and outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib) are in doubt for Opening Day. As well, outfielder Aaron Hicks is still out after having Tommy John surgery last October.

Slugging catcher Gary Sanchez has been added the ledger. Over the weekend, it was revealed the Yankees backstop was dealing with back soreness. Then on Tuesday, Sanchez missed his scheduled batting practice due to a fever, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The Yankees later announced Sanchez has been diagnosed with the flu and will be away from the team the next few days.

“He’ll be re-evaluated on Friday. He’ll be kind of away from us for the next couple of days. We’ll see where he’s at at that point,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters, including NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty, Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2020 at 12:23 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, gary sanchez, infectious diseases

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Yankees’ injuries continue to pile up as Gary Sanchez dealing with back soreness

The Yankees won 103 games a season ago, but in some ways their success was overshadowed by the absurd number of injuries they suffered. Unfortunately for the colossus in the Bronx, the run-up to the 2020 season hasn’t brought measurably improved fortunes.

To recap, lefty James Paxton is sidelined until at least May after undergoing back surgery. Tommy John surgery has put right-hander Luis Severino out for all of 2020, and outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (ribs) are in doubt for Opening Day. As well, outfielder Aaron Hicks is still out after having Tommy John surgery last October.

Now you can add slugging catcher Gary Sanchez to the ledger. It doesn’t sound serious, but Sanchez was scratched from taking batting practice on Saturday because of a sore back.

So, when did it turn out that everyone on the Yankees was made out of Waterford crystal?

QLE Posted: March 08, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: back, gary sanchez, injuries, yankees

Friday, February 28, 2020

Gary Sánchez Takes a Knee

While it was understandably overshadowed by Gerrit Cole’s pinstriped premiere, Gary Sánchez made his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. In doing so, he showed off a new stance behind the plate, one that’s intended to shore up the defensive inconsistencies that have cut into his value while making him the brunt of so much criticism during his tenure with the Yankees.

The game wasn’t televised, and the only video I could find was rather rough, shot from the press box and thus showing the catcher’s back, but here you can see what’s going on:

Sánchez now sets up in his crouch with his right knee on the ground, a stance whose purpose the New York Post’s George King III explained succinctly earlier this month:

“The lower setup is designed to improve Sánchez’s ability to frame borderline pitches in the bottom of the strike zone but not interfere with his improved blocking skills or take anything away from an above-average throwing arm. It also may reduce the stress on Sánchez’s legs, which have suffered muscle injuries the past two seasons that landed him on the injured list a combined four times.”

Pity that John B. Wockenfuss has no followers in the contemporary game- it would be fun to see how bizarre the combination of stances could get…..

QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, gary sanchez, knee

 

 

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