If the Yankees believe Gary Sanchez is completely healed from his strained left calf by Sunday, the catcher is prepared to jump off the injured list and play that afternoon against the Royals.
“Think the last day is Saturday for me on injured list,’’ said Sanchez, who went on the 10-day IL on April 12, with the move backdated to April 11. “Up to them. If they activate me Sunday, I’ll be ready.’’
Sanchez tested his calf Tuesday and Wednesday running on the field at Yankee Stadium without an issue.
“I just feel good running out there,’’ Sanchez, who is hitting .268 with six homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games, said before Wednesday’s 5-3 Yankees win over the Red Sox.
Sanchez said he has been following the Yankees’ rehab plans and has arrived at the point at which he can play Sunday.
“Once the 10 days are up, I think I’ll be ready,’’ said Sanchez, who is scheduled to take batting practice outside on Thursday for the first time since being shelved. “I think I’ll do a regular routine in the cage as well.’’
Sanchez has done some catching off a machine indoors and will likely need to do some live work on the field before convincing the Yankees he could be ready by Sunday. Of course, Sanchez also could be used as the designated hitter Sunday.
Always conservative, the Yankees could hold Sanchez out until Tuesday night in Anaheim to see how his calf responds to Sunday night’s cross-country flight.
With the Yankees’ IL filled with big names, manager Aaron Boone wasn’t ready to declare Sanchez ready days before he had to.
“It’s possible,’’ Boone said of Sanchez playing Sunday. “Let’s get through [Wednesday] and map out a plan for the weekend. No question we feel good about how it’s gone and how he’s responded.’’
Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is showing progress coming back from a strained left biceps that limited him to three games before he went on the shelf April 1. The manager, however, wasn’t ready to say Stanton will be ready to come off the IL when the Yankees open their nine-game western tour on Monday against the Angels.
“I don’t know that yet. He is progressing well and hit off the machine with intensity [Tuesday],’’ Boone said. “It’s hard for me to say. I know he is getting better and feel like he is getting better but I am not certain on [playing in Anaheim].’’
The Royals are scheduled on Friday to start right-hander Jakob Junis, the pitcher who hit Aaron Judge with a pitch and fractured his right wrist last July in The Bronx. Judge missed 45 games because of the injury.
Brett Gardner said he doesn’t believe Red Sox reliever Erasmo Ramirez intended to hit him in the right arm with a pitch in the seventh inning Tuesday. The plunking didn’t keep Gardner out of Wednesday night’s game, in which he batted leadoff against former Yankees teammate Nate Eovaldi and smacked a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning.
Published at Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:19:56 +0000