Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez exited in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 6-3 loss against the Rays, one inning after he sustained a contusion to his right index and middle fingers when he was hit by a foul tip. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.
Randy Arozarena tipped the ball that struck Sánchez’s throwing hand, which was exposed between his legs with no runners on base. Sánchez was in obvious pain but remained in the game, taking his turn at bat in the home half of the fourth inning.
Sánchez flew out to center field and was replaced by backup catcher Kyle Higashioka when the Yankees took the field in the fifth inning. If Sánchez were to miss time, Higashioka could take over as the starter. The next catcher on the team’s depth chart is 31-year-old Rob Brantly, who attended Spring Training with the Yankees and is working out at the alternate training site in Moosic, Penn.
Veteran Robinson Chirinos is also at the alternate site, but he is recovering from surgery performed in March to repair a fractured right wrist.