New York Yankees star catcher Gary Sanchez will miss more time on the field during spring training. Sanchez already missed Sunday’s game due to tightness and soreness in his back, but he was expected to take place in on-field batting practice today. Instead, he was a no-show at his session due to a fever, causing him to see a doctor.
Earlier reports suggested that Sanchez might be tested for the novel coronavirus, but he was not. Rather, Sanchez tested positive for the flu, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Boone said on Monday that Sanchez wouldn’t be back in the lineup until Friday, but now his status is unknown.
The Yankees’ crazy spring training continues with this latest Gary Sanchez news. It was announced last week that Aaron Judge is out indefinitely with a right rib fracture. Judge joins a long list of Yankees who are dealing with injuries: Luis Severino is already out for the whole season due to Tommy John surgery, Aaron Hicks is still recovering from his Tommy John surgery, Giancarlo Stanton has a grade 1 calf strain and James Paxton is out until at least May due to back surgery.
The Yankees open their season on March 26th at Baltimore against the Orioles, so they would love to get Sanchez on the field and into a rhythm as he is currently hitting just .059 with seven strikeouts in 17 at-bats.
Although the flu is no fun either, the fact that Sanchez didn’t have to be sent to get tested for the coronavirus is a good sign given the circumstances of the crisis in the U.S., and specifically, New York.
Just yesterday, all four major sports leagues took action due to the virus, which has reportedly infected more than 700 people and killed more than 25 in the U.S. The NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS all closed locker rooms and clubhouses to all nonessential personnel. The leagues said the decision was made due to a consultation with infectious disease and public health experts. The leagues also said that the changes are temporary, although it is not clear how long the changes will last. The new policies for all four leagues began today.
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