SAN DIEGO — Slumping catcher Gary Sanchez was benched by the Yankees for the third time in 4 video games, with New York going through elimination from the postseason in Sport Four of the AL Division Collection towards Tampa Bay.
Kyle Higashioka was behind the plate to catch left-hander Jordan Montgomery on Thursday evening. Higashioka, batting ninth, entered 2 for 7 within the collection with a solo homer in New York’s Sport 1 win and three for 12 with one RBI within the postseason.
Sanchez, a 27-year-old who’s a two-time All-Star, hit .147 this season, which might have been lowest within the majors by far if he had sufficient at-bats to qualify. He was zero for Four with three strikeouts in Sport 2, dropping to 1 for 9 within the postseason.
“One other shut name for me. It comes right down to extra Kyle incomes these alternatives,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “Really feel like he is offering sufficient for us offensively and doing an incredible job behind the plate. Actually felt like I may have gone with Gary, as effectively, and would have felt good about that. However in the long run after simply considering it, speaking with some coaches a little bit bit, felt like this was the way in which I wish to go at this time.”
Higashioka hit .250 with 4 homers and 10 RBI in 48 at-bats throughout the common season and is a greater defender than Sanchez.
Boone stated he didn’t communicate with Sanchez concerning the choice earlier than saying it. He nonetheless views Sanchez as an necessary part.
“If we will go on and win a world’s championship, Gary’s going to play an enormous position and have an enormous second or an enormous at-bat or an enormous efficiency behind the plate for us,” Boone stated. “And I view that as because the case transferring ahead, if and once we’re in a position to advance.”