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Storylines: Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is heading to the DL

Yankees' catcher Gary Sanchez is heading for the disabled list after suffering a right biceps strain during Saturday's game against the Orioles. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Saturday...

Top Storyline:

- A key member of the young core of the New York Yankees is hitting the shelves for a while. Catching phenom Gary Sanchez has suffered a right biceps strain and will be placed on the 10-day DL per Marly Rivera of ESPN. He suffered the injury while swinging the bat during an at-bat in Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. It is undetermined how long he will be out, but he is not going be able to come back in the minimum amount of time. Losing Sanchez for an extended period of time is not something the Yankees will be able to handle easily. He is a key part of the team and showed some serious promise when he took the league by storm in the second half of 2016. A lot of people were expecting him to continue to dominate in his sophomore season to build off of his stellar rookie season. Catcher Austin Romine will most likely take over full-time at backstop with minor league catcher Kyle Higashioka backing him up. It will be tough for the two to replace the offensive firepower Sanchez possesses, but the Yankees will have to find a way to make it work.

Other Storylines:

- Veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. is signing a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants per Mark Feisand of MLB.com. He was reportedly close to signing a deal with a mystery National League team early Saturday and it turns out that team is the Giants. They are lacking in outfield depth and Jarrett Parker is not getting the job done early in the season thus why the Giants are taking a flier on Upton Jr.

- Houston Astros righty Colin McHugh has been shut down for six weeks after tests revealed a posterior impingement of his right elbow per a team announcement. He was rehabbing from shoulder tendinitis, but reportedly suffered the new injury while pitching in a minor league game. He had to leave in the middle of the game after feeling tightness in his elbow. No damage to the UCL was revealed and the Astros will re-evaluate their options in the allotted six weeks.


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