BRADENTON, Fla. — Add Gary Sanchez to the rapidly growing list of Yankees players with physical issues.
After catching consecutive games Thursday and Friday, Sanchez wasn’t among the batting practice groups for a Saturday morning workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
“He is down [Saturday]. Back to back and his back is a little sore,’’ Aaron Boone said before the Yankees faced the Pirates at LECOM Park. “There is a chance he is down [Sunday,] but I would probably expect him back to go to Clearwater [on Monday when the Yankees play the Phillies].’’
The Yankees already have lost Luis Severino for the season due to Tommy John surgery, likely won’t have Giancarlo Stanton (Grade 1 strained right calf) for Opening Day, don’t know how long Aaron Judge will be out with a stress fracture in his right top rib with the possibility of surgery looming and are without James Paxton (lower back surgery) for at least the first two months of the season. Also, Aaron Hicks already has undergone Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss at least the first three months of the season as the Yankees’ 2020 season is developing into a repeat of 2019.