CARLSBAD, Calif. — Gary Sanchez is yet another Yankee set to have offseason surgery.
Brian Cashman said the catcher who went through an injury-plagued, mostly unsuccessful 2018 season, would have “debridement” surgery in the next week on his non-throwing left shoulder.
Cashman, who described the surgery as a “cleanup” procedure, said Sanchez would be down the next three months and that he probably would be brought along slowly during spring training but would be “ready to go” by Opening Day.
“His shoulder has bothered him off and on since ’17,” Cashman said Wednesday. “He’s been treated conservatively with it, he had an (cortisone) injection toward the end of ’17, he had two in ’18. He just resumed workouts and still felt some lingering [discomfort] from it.”
Sanchez, twice placed on the DL because of a right groin strain in 2018, slashed .186/.291/.406 with 18 homers and 53 RBIs. Despite playing in only 89 games, Sanchez, led the league in passed balls with 18.
Asked if the shoulder might have impacted Sanchez’s overall performance, Cashman said, “It might have. It would bother him from time to time.”
Cashman said he’s not in the market for catching help as he’s comfortable with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka going into spring training as his primary catchers.
Didi Gregorius recently underwent Tommy John surgery and CC Sabathia, whose 1-year, $8-million deal to pitch in 2019 became official Wednesday, also had a cleanup procedure done on his right knee this month.
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Sabathia, 38, repeated Wednesday what he first said a month earlier on the podcast he does with YES and ESPN broadcaster Ryan Ruocco, that 2019 will be his final season….Agent Scott Boras represents OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who still has two years left on the 7-year, $153-million deal signed before the 2014 season. “Well, he’s coming back healthy,” Boras said of what role he sees for the 35-year-old Ellsbury in a crowded outfield. “When Jacoby’s healthy, we all know what impact he can have on a team.”