Yankees call up catcher, fueling concern about Gary Sanchez’s health


The Yankees are preparing as if the injury plague that has hounded their season is about to get worse.

The Yankees called up catcher Kyle Higashioka on Thursday, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell announced after the RailRiders’ 9-8, 10-inning win over Buffalo at PNC Park.Bell said he did not know the corresponding move, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It is unclear what this means for Gary Sanchez, who hasn’t caught since Monday with what the Yankees have termed as tightness in his lower legs. Higashioka would be the team’s third catcher, as Austin Romine saw a lot of time during the series with the Astros.

Sanchez was hit in the groin while catching Monday, but said that had no relation to the tightness he felt. The 26-year-old went on the injured list twice last season with groin issues.