PHILADELPHIA — Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will miss three to four weeks with what was diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain of his right groin, Manager Aaron Boone said Monday.
Sanchez, who was injured Sunday while trying to beat out a double-play grounder in the 10th inning of a loss at Tampa Bay, will be replaced in the lineup by his backup Austin Romine. Kyle Higashioka was called up from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as Romine’s backup.
Sanchez has endured a sluggish season offensively, batting a team-low .190, though his 14 home runs and 41 R.B.I. make him an important presence in the middle of the lineup.
“Huge,” Boone said before Monday night’s game against the Phillies. “Gary Sanchez out of your lineup — that’s a big deal. Hopefully everyone can pick up the slack a little bit in his absence.”
The Yankees hope that Romine can fill in as ably as he did last year when Sanchez missed three weeks early in the season with a biceps injury. Romine batted .327 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in over an 18-game stretch. More significantly, the Yankees went 13-3 in games he started, leaving them with the best record in baseball when Sanchez returned in early May.