Gary Sanchez headed to the disabled list with a right biceps strain
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has been diagnosed with a right biceps strain, and is headed to the 10-day disabled list.
Sanchez left Saturday's game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after appearing to be injured on a swing, crouching and favoring his right elbow after fouling off a 3-2 pitch from Kevin Gausman. He was replaced by Austin Romine, who drew a walk and eventually scored, and the Yankees announced Sanchez's initial diagnosis in the bottom of the inning.
There is no word yet of the severity of the strain, but following the game, Sanchez told the media that the injury is to the biceps muscle, not a tendon or ligament,and he will see a doctor in New York on Monday or Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi also said after the game that the team will exercise caution because the injury is to Sanchez's throwing arm, and the Yankees will call up catcher Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A on Sunday to replace Sanchez on the roster.
The initial diagnosis, though, is one of three medical updates the Yankees had to provide on Saturday, following those on RHP James Kaprielian and first baseman Greg Bird.
In the case of the former, the team announced that Kaprielian has undergone both a regular MRI and dye contrast MRI on his right elbow, and the results have been examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Kaprielian will see Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and a further update will be available after that visit.
As for Bird, he was held out of the lineup due to some swelling in his right foot, a lingering effect of the first baseman fouling a ball off that foot in a Spring Training game on March 30. He has been dealing with some swelling off and on since, but according to a Yankees release, Bird saw an Orioles team physician earlier in the day and it was determined that he will not need a CT scan.