New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez suffered a groin injury on Sunday and will be headed to the disabled list, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports:
During Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sanchez hit a ground ball and was trying to beat out a double play at first base. He was thrown out and immediately bent over and began to limp around. The Rays would complete the sweep with a 7-6 victory in extra innings.
The Yankees can only hope that the injury to their star catcher isn't serious. They had to put pitcher A.J. Cole on the DL last week with neck strain, while starter Jordan Montgomery is done for the season following Tommy John surgery.
With Sanchez injured, the starting duties will go to Austin Romine until the former returns from injury. The 29-year-old Romine has spent his entire seven-year career in The Bronx, and has four home runs, 20 RBI and a .305 batting average in 28 games so far this season.
The Yankees will now have to get by without one of their top sluggers. Sanchez has 14 home runs, 41 RBI but a mere .190 batting average in 2018 thus far. He's on the verge of clubbing 20 or more home runs for a third straight season, but he'll have to figure out how to get that batting average back up to its normal standards.
Entering play on Monday, the Yankees are tied with the Boston Red Sox for first in the AL East, though New York has four games in hand. Following a rocky start to 2018, the Yankees have moved up to 50-25, though they lost three consecutive games for the first time all season against Tampa on the weekend.
Without Sanchez, the Yankees will need the rest of the lineup to bail out Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton more.