Gary Sanchez injury update: Yankees catcher to miss a month

Sanchez suffered a Grade 1 muscle strain in Saturday's game against the Orioles.

The Yankees won't get Gary Sanchez back in their lineup until sometime in May.

Manager Joe Girardi told reporters Monday that Sanchez is expected to be sidelined four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of a muscle behind his right biceps. The catcher hurt his arm on a swing in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Austin Romine will be the Yankees' regular catcher in the meantime, with Kyle Higashioka just called up from Triple-A to serve as his backup. Higashioka, 26, made his major league debut Monday against the Rays after parts of 10 seasons in the minors.

Neither figures to provide the offensive production that was expected from Sanchez, who batted second in the first five games this season after hitting mostly in the No. 3 hole last season once he established himself in the majors and ended up finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

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