As expected, the Yankees have made several moves today to address their roster crunch. Let’s start with the worst news: Gary Sánchez (.229/.299/.508, 105 wRC+) has been placed on the 10-day IL with a left groin strain. The Yanks recalled C Kyle Hagashioka from Triple-A as his replacement.
Gary has been slumping hard lately, hitting just .196/.266/.379 (65 wRC+) since June 1. He looks more like the 2018 version of Gary than the one we saw prior to June 1. It’s been unfortunate, but make no mistake about it: the Yankees are better when Gary is playing. This is yet another big blow to the team in the form of an injury.
On the bright side, though, maybe the time off will allow Gary to get some rest, reset his body physically (catching is awful), and clear his mind. The dude has been bad, his timing is off, and he’s not getting any luck offensively even when hitting the ball hard. It seems like he’s been really frustrated recently, too, as you’d imagine. Hopefully he returns from his injury as healthy and productive as ever.
As for the timeline, who knows how long it will take for him to actually heal. My guess is that we don’t see Gary for longer than 10 days, though, which really sucks. But what can you do? We just gotta hope Higgy, who is .268/.343/.581 (125 wRC+) with 16 home runs for Triple-A Scranton this year, can continue the trend of the replacement Yanks becoming shockingly productive in their new opportunities. It wouldn’t shock me, with the way 2019 is going.
The Yanks also optioned Jonathan Holder back to Triple-A and recalled Cool Nestor Smooth (this wonderful nickname courtesy of James Smyth). This makes sense. Check out their recent bullpen usage:
So the Yanks’ pitching shuffle continues. I’m personally glad to see Cortes back in the Bronx, as I enjoy watching him pitch, but hopefully Happ can go out tonight and make this all academic.
Here’s the announcement from the team, for those who want it: