Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks suffered injuries in last night’s Yankees-A’s game


In addition to losing to the A’s in extra innings, the Yankees lost two players last night: catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Aaron Hicks.

Sanchez¬†suffered a minor groin injury while stealing second base in the top of the ninth, on an awkward collision with A’s infielder Chad Pinder. Joe Girardi does not think it’s a major injury and Sanchez will be reevaluated today. Hicks sustained an Achilles injury, forcing him out of the game. Same story there: maybe not serious, to be reevaluated before tonight’s game.

The Yankees have lost three of four on this west coast swing, and have lost starter CC Sabathia. They really don’t need more injuries.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.