Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is expected to miss four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of a muscle behind his right biceps, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Sanchez landed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, but no timetable for his recovery was known at the time.
Austin Romine started at catcher on Sunday and Monday, and that figures to be the case going forward. Kyle Higashioka will serve as Romine’s backup while Sanchez is out.
Sanchez, 24, was off to a meager start to the 2017 season, batting .150/.190/.300 over 21 plate appearances. He broke out last season, finishing with a .299/.376/.657 triple-slash line with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in 229 trips to the plate.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.