CHICAGO – Gary Sanchez was activated from the disabled list on Friday before the New York Yankees opened their weekend series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The catcher missed twenty-one games with a right biceps strain. He started the year with offensive troubles in the first five games of the season, with three hits in twenty at-bats and a home run before missing time with injury. He went hitless on Friday in four at-bats.
Sanchez started Friday afternoon’s game and batted third in the Yankees lineup. He was grazed by the first pitch he saw from Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the first inning, and that was the only time he reached base. He failed to score in a 3-2 Yankees comeback win. Sanchez continued to struggle at the plate. He never got the ball out of the infield and finished the day with a groundout double play, line out, and a strikeout. He took a hard foul ball off of his catcher’s mask in the sixth inning and remained in the game.
The twenty-four year old slugger had a breakout rookie campaign in 2016, getting called up in August and managed to lead the New York squad with 20 home runs over 53 games. He was voted the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
The Yankees continue their series with the Cubs through Sunday with a nationally televised contest each day then will head to Cincinnati to finish their five game road trip with a two game series with the Reds.