Gary Sanchez texted Aaron Boone on Wednesday morning and told the Yankees manager the cramps in his right calf that forced him out of Tuesday night’s game had vanished to the point the catcher said he wanted to face the Rangers in the finale of a three-game series.
With Thursday dark on the Yankees’ schedule, Boone decided to play it safe and started Austin Romine behind the plate to work with CC Sabathia in what turned out to be an ugly 12-10 loss.
“I feel we dodged a bullet. He came out here and did some agility running work and checked OK,’’ Boone said. “He wanted to be in there, but with the off day [Thursday] it was probably best to hold him back [Wednesday]. I think he is fine and he would be an option for us if we need him.’’
Boone used Sanchez to pinch-hit for Romine in the ninth inning and he struck out looking.
Sanchez left a game in the 14th inning on April 6 with a cramp in the same calf and missed two games. Sanchez was the DH when he returned for one game. Boone believes this situation isn’t as serious.