The New York Yankees are without Gary Sanchez for a bit, and many fans are calling for unnecessary moves.
Gary Sanchez strained his groin, it happens. He will be out for three to four weeks, just when he was showing signs of turning his slumping season around. Baseball continues to send little humblers that the New York Yankees cannot have it all, as injuries continue to pile up. Regardless, there is absolutely no reason to panic right now. Yes, the catcher position will be a bit of a black hole with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka patrolling home plate. However, tt is only a month and Gary Sanchez will be back. There are a couple things to keep in mind here.
- No, Kyle Higashioka and Austin Romine are not Gary Sanchez. Neither has the power or the on-base percentage to make up for Sanchez. To expect them to make up for it offensively is like asking for a bag of money to crash on your head or Yolanda Vega to walk up to your front door. It is not going to happen. Kyle Higashioka is still looking for his first MLB hit. He had an 0-18 span in 2017 when Sanchez was injured. Higgy got some walks, but no hits. Those first MLB hits are always a great moment, no matter who the player is.
- The Yankees should not go out and acquire J.T. Realmuto. This one is annoying. Many fans keep suggesting that the Yankees should spend the farm and acquire JT Realmuto from the Miami Marlins. While that’s great in theory, it turns catcher to an immediate logjam when Sanchez returns. Both Sanchez and Realmuto are starting catchers. One would have to move to first base. That will not happen. Second, it is a month-long injury. Short of Sanchez being out all season, there is no reason to overreact and gut the farm. It is worth spending your prospects on a starting pitcher.
- They still have Aaron Judge & Giancarlo Stanton. Removing Sanchez from the lineup hurts, but remember, the Yankees still have Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who press more fear in the lineup than Sanchez does. Both have the ability to hit the ball 500 feet and into other dimensions. The Yankees definitely lost one of their serious bats, but man, there is not a reason to panic about this offense. However, this is a spot where Greg Bird needs to improve and be the power bat we expected him to be. If not, maybe we can talk about an extra bat.
- The Yankees are more than 20 games over 500. Come on people, the Yankees are not a team clinging to the second Wild Card. Yes, the Boston Red Sox cannot seem to lose on any consistent basis. The Yankees will need to take care of them instead of relying on other teams. The idea of panicking would be completely absurd. The New York Yankees are not going to fall to a .500 team because Gary Sanchez is injured.
So yeah, losing Gary Sanchez for a month sucks. Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka are going to have to pick up some slack.