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Gary Sánchez injures groin while stealing base

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I mentioned it in the recaps, but let’s mention it again: Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez left last night’s game against the Tigers after complaining of tightness in his groin following a failed stolen base attempt.

The tightness in his left groin. After the game Sánchez said that the injury felt “very similar” to the left groin strain that sent him to the injured list in late July. On the bright side, the groin injury that blew a hole in his 2018 campaign was on the right side, so I guess that’s something.

Sánchez flew to New York after the game rather than accompany the Yankees to Toronto for their weekend series. He’ll be evaluated by the Yankees team physician and will get an MRI.

So, why in the hell was Sánchez stealing second base anyway? The guy had not attempted one all year. He only has four total stolen bases in his five year career. The Yankees have a huge lead in the division and were playing the worst team in baseball in the second half of a doubleheader that was meaningless aside from having a marginal impact on home field advantage in the postseason. From MLB.com:

[Aaron] Boone said that Sanchez had been given the green light to run from the bench.

“I opened him up there [to run] with them not holding him on,” Boone said.

Oh.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.