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Yankees place Gary Sanchez on 10-day disabled list with right biceps strain

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Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez left Saturday’s game with a right biceps injury and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, according to the Yankees, with no timetable to return.

The 24-year-old backstop went 0-for-2 during the Yankees’ 5-4 loss and was caught off guard with a 97 mph foul ball in the fifth inning. He exited the field immediately after the incident and was later diagnosed as a right biceps strain, which will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future . New York manager Joe Girardi told reporters that he intends to be cautious with Sanchez’s recovery since the injury affects his throwing arm.

According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Sanchez will be replaced by 26-year-old Kyle Higashioka on the Yankees’ roster. Fellow backup catcher Austin Romine could also see some time behind the plate in Sanchez’s absence. The catcher is scheduled to undergo further tests when the team returns to New York City on Monday.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.