The Yankees are anticipating Gary Sanchez to be back on the MLB roster this weekend, and with his arrival comes big expectations. One of the Yankees' preeminent sluggers, Sanchez leads the team in home runs this season and will be relied on to carry the team's wounded lineup, which has lost over 50 home runs with injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hicks. Even Gleyber Torres, the only Yankee from the Opening Day lineup not to spend time on the injured list, is day-to-day with a core injury.
Thus, Sanchez will have a lot on his plate as soon as he returns. DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius need all the protection they can get, and although they've been hot lately, I'm sure Aaron Boone is looking forward to not having to slot Gio Urshela, Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman in the middle of the lineup.
However, Sanchez hasn't been playing like a true cleanup hitter for awhile. In fact, his offense had become downright unplayable before he went on the injured list with a groin strain - since June 23, Sanchez has just 10 hits, one home run, a triple slash of .118/.194/.176 and a putrid -2 wRC+. That's not Gary Sanchez.