May 11, 2021

Gary Sanchez says days off for back just a precaution (ESPN)

TAMPA, Fla. — Gary Sanchez said he is hopeful that he will have no issues to return to full practice after feeling tightness in his lower back, but the New York Yankees‘ All-Star catcher is being cautious and taking a few days off to rest.

Sanchez, 27, is the latest Yankee to deal with an ailment during spring training, seemingly picking up where the team left off last year, when New York put a major-league-record 30 players on the injured list. Sanchez was scratched from batting practice Saturday after starting two consecutive games for the first time this spring and didn’t participate in full practice Sunday.

“It’s been a little tight, a little uncomfortable. After catching those games back-to-back, I just thought it was better for me to take care of it now. This is the right time to take care of anything,” Sanchez said Sunday when addressing the problem in his lower back. “You don’t want to rush anything, especially in spring training. The idea is to take a couple of days and see how it goes. Hopefully keep progressing.”

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