Aaron Judge has gotten all the headlines in New York this year, but there’s another young player who was supposed to lead the Baby Bombers in 2017: Gary Sanchez. He has only played five games due to a strained right biceps. The Yankees activated Sanchez from the disabled list today, and he’ll bat third against the Cubs as New York opens its series against the Cubs at Wrigley.
Sanchez, of course, burst onto the scene late last season hitting .299/.376/.657 with 12 doubles, 20 homers and 42 RBI in just 53 games. He didn’t do much in the first week of this season, but he was hot on his recent minor league rehab assignment, going 5-for-13 with a homer and a couple of doubles.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.