Seventeen year old prospect Gary Sanchez is making a name for himself quickly within the Yankees organization. During an intrasquad game a little over a week ago, Sanchez racked up two hits against New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes.
"Yes it's true, I had two hits off Phil Hughes," Sanchez said through a translator. "Phil Hughes is a great pitcher and I feel it is a great accomplishment for me."
The young catcher missed time during Spring Training due to an abdominal injury. He described it as a ligament issue.
"It was basically a pulled ligament," he said. "I [was] just going to the training room everyday trying to get better…but I feel close to 100 percent."
Although he missed time in camp, Sanchez worked hard on his own and feels like he has made up the difference of any time he may have missed.
"I don't think I missed anything," he said through the translator. "I came back and I feel strong. I'm ready."
With the season coming to a head, Sanchez wants to focus on his defense behind the plate and also keep his offense in mind.
"I want to get better defensively and a little better hitting too."
When asked about whether the abdominal injury played a role in his start at designated hitter, Sanchez convincingly assured that was not a reason for not catching last Wednesday.
"No, yesterday I caught six innings. They were just rotating, [JR] Murphy caught today," he said. "I feel good for the spring and I think I am going to catch more."
The Dominican Republic native is ready to start playing more.
"I feel very excited and I can't wait for the [regular] season to start so I can start playing."
Finally fully recovered from the abdominal injury, Sanchez thinks he can do a good job for the Yankees this season.
"Hopefully I can do a good job, but I feel better from that injury," he concluded.
Sanchez Getting Back Into It
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