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|Posted: Fri May 5th, 2017 09:09 pm||
|"The Sanchize" is on his way back.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who hasn't played since the season's opening week due to a biceps issue, will be activated from the 10-day disabled list in time for Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, general manager Brian Cashman told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News on Thursday.
Sanchez later took to Twitter and confirmed the news himself.
Taking off for Chicago. See you on the filed, tomorrow. Lets go @Yankees. #iamback #iamgary
— Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) May 4, 2017
Getting a healthy Sanchez back would be a boon for the Yankees, who've stormed out of the gate with a 17-9 record that's tops in the AL East. He'd rejoin a lineup that's mashed this season, more than holding its own without the 24-year-old wunderkind thanks in part to the play of his replacement behind the plate, backup catcher Austin Romine (.805 OPS, 2 HR, 10 RBI), as well as the emergence of major-league home-run leader Aaron Judge.
Sanchez strained his right biceps muscle while taking a swing during the Yankees' game in Baltimore on April 8, and was initially expected to miss four weeks. A Friday return would mean he'd be back in the big leagues slightly ahead of that schedule.
The Dominican native, who exploded onto the major-league scene as a rookie last summer by hitting 20 homers over the final two months of 2016, was struggling to begin this season. He went just 3-for-20 (.150) with a homer, a walk, and two RBIs in five games before getting hurt.