Starting catcher Gary Sanchez went down with a strained right bicep as the Yankees blew a 4-1 lead in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles.
Sanchez was injured swinging for a 97-mph fastball from Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman in the fifth. He was immediately replaced by Austin Romine, the sole catcher remaining on the 25-man roster. After the game Manager, Joe Girardi announced Kyle Higashioka will also be called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
"I felt kind of like a pull when I had that swing when I fouled the ball off. I did not feel it on any other swing — just on that foul off the high fastball," Sanchez told ESPN's, Marly Rivera. "I felt like I pulled it right there. I tried to swing, and I felt it again, and they took me out of the game."
New York has struggled out of the gate on shaky pitching most notably from Tanaka. After being roughed up on Opening Day, he's still having diffuculty with location. Saturday, against the Orioles, he gave up three earned runs, walked four, and hit two batters in a game for the first time in his career. At 1-4, no Yankee pitcher has gone more than five innings.
#Yankees' young star Gary Sanchez leaves today's game with an apparent injury
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Sanchez was 0-3 prior to this fifth inning injury, turning in 3-for-18 with one home run in his first four games this season. Still, he's the face of the young Yankees roster, and an integral piece to any success this team will during the 2017 campaign,
"It's not what you want to see," Joe Girardi said. "The young kid is very talented and he's done some really good things in his short career, but the other guys will get an opportunity now."