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Yankees Sit Slumping Gary Sanchez For Nationals Series

June 12, 2018 - 4:53 pm
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Aaron Boone is hoping a break will help snap Gary Sanchez out of his funk.

The Yankees manager said Tuesday that he is benching his catcher for the two-game home series against the Washington Nationals, WFAN's Sweeny Murti reported. Combined with Monday's off day, Sanchez will have a three-day breather.

The All-Star catcher is batting just .190 this season with 12 homers and 35 RBIs. He's been especially brutal in the 15 games since May 22, going 4-for-53 (.075) with no home runs and two RBIs.

Sanchez, who leads the majors with nine passed balls, also has been dealing with some bumps and bruises, including a calf issue. Boone said sitting the catcher was more about resting him physically than giving him a mental break.

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The manager added that he believes the end of Sanchez's slump is "right around the corner." 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sanchez is frustrated by his slump because he said he is missing pitches he normally hits. <br><br>“I feel like that, with him, is right around the corner,” Boone said, indicating the physical reason was the greater factor in deciding to sit Sanchez.</p>&mdash; Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) <a href="https://twitter.com/YankeesWFAN/status/1006632577841713152?ref_src=twsrc...">June 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Boone said Sanchez tried to fight him "a little bit" on sitting out Tuesday's and Wednesday's games, WFAN's Maggie Gray reported. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Boone refuses to say Sanchez is being benched for a ‘mental health day.’ Blames the ‘wear and tear of catching.’ Says Sanchez tried to fight him ‘a little bit’ on sitting for two straight games. <a href="https://t.co/oM5QbsNUMg">pic.twitter.com/oM5QbsNUMg</a></p>&mdash; Maggie Gray (@MaggieGray) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaggieGray/status/1006632640856903682?ref_src=twsrc%...">June 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Austin Romine will start in Sanchez's place.

ROTATION SET

With Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list, the Yankees will turn to 23-year-old right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga on Thursday against Tampa Bay. Loaisiga, who is making his major league debut, is 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA between Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton this year.

Domingo German will start Friday, and Luis Severino will take the mound Saturday.