Gary Sanchez injury update: Aaron Boone comments on Yankees catcher's back spasms, status

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Gary Sanchez throw cropped
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone was asked for an update on catcher Gary Sanchez's injury after leaving Friday's 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox with back spasms.

"We'll see," Boone said. "We'll just see how he responds overnight. Just back starting locking up, felt like it was cramping on him, early innings. And just by that, the fifth, when he came out, it just really kind of locked up on him.

"So he's in there still getting treatment now, and I know it's had some improvement, we'll just see where we're at overnight and tomorrow."

Sanchez, who was 0 for 1 with a walk and strikeout, scored the Yankees' lone run on a double by Brett Gardner in the second inning. Rob Brantly entered in the sixth inning for a pinch-hit situation and remained at catcher.

The Yankees (50-46) are still without Kyle Higashioka (COVID-19 injured list), which would make Brantly New York's only 40-man-roster catcher entering a pivotal game against the Red Sox (60-38) Saturday at 4:05 p.m. from Fenway Park in Boston. Sanchez is slashing .219/.334/.466 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI through 75 games in 2021.

"We'll see what we have tomorrow," Boone said. "See how Gary responds overnight and, hopefully, he's back in there and it's just something that kind of locked up on him here -- hopefully, a short-term thing."

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