Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will have MRI for injured bicep on Monday
NEW YORK - Gary Sanchez will undergo therapy on his injured right biceps Monday, and after completing that course of treatment at Yankee Stadium, he will head to the hospital to have an MRI and be examined by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
And, based on the way he has felt in the 48 hours since he first felt the strain in his right biceps, Sanchez is optimistic the final diagnosis will be mild.
"Every day I'm feeling a little bit better, and that's what you hope for," Sanchez said Monday morning through Yankees Spanish-language interpreter Marlon Abreu. "I can raise my arm and move it around, and it's a little more flexible now."
Sanchez has never had an injury of this sort, and when the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up couldn't raise his arm or make a muscle just before being removed from Saturday's game, manager Joe Girardi was quite worried.
He too, though, is more optimistic about Sanchez's outlook as of Monday morning.
"That kind of scared me Saturday, but I was more optimistic yesterday when I saw him and he was able to raise his arm," Girardi said. "I'm looking forward to Dr. Ahmad's diagnosis and what they think the timeframe is."
That information will hopefully be available to the Yankees (and the media) by the end of the game, but regardless of what it is, Sanchez knows he has at least eight more days where he won't be playing baseball, so he's not going to push to be ready too soon.
"Like I said, I feel better, but I'm on the disabled list, so I still have to wait out the 10 days no matter what," the catcher said. "I haven't done any baseball activity yet, just taken it easy, but we'll see how it goes and how I'm feeling after the 10 days."