The New York Yankees boast an entire starting lineup on the injured list, with one of the key absences being catcher Gary Sanchez, the team's hottest hitter. After succumbing to a left calf strain, plenty of Yankee fans groaned in unison about a potentially lengthy period without El Gary.
According to the Kraken himself, however, that doesn't appear to be the case.
Sanchez is eligible to be activated as early as Sunday, and while speaking with the media on Wednesday afternoon, stated that he felt "really good" about returning during the weekend.
Sanchez had just finished his second consecutive day of limited catching drills off a pitching machine. The expectation is that the slugging backstop will be available to participate in on-field batting practice on Thursday.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone noted the progress that Sanchez has made in his rehabilitation process, but stresses it's all up to the medical team to give him the proverbial thumbs up to return this weekend.
Good news on the injury front as Gary Sanchez may be back as soon as Sunday.https://t.co/QhvGEq2HA4— Bronx Bombers News (@NewsBronx) April 17, 2019
Through 11 games this season, Sanchez is batting .268 with six home runs and 11 RBI, while also accumulating a nifty 1.065 OPS.
Things may not be all doom and gloom after all for the Yankees, as a key contributor in Gary Sanchez could be making his return to the diamond this Sunday.