Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees' top catcher.
The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees' 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners' meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.
"It was always the case that Sanchez at some point was going to come up and hopefully come up to stay," Steinbrenner said. "So we'll cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it. But McCann's a great player, too, so we'll just have to figure that out."
Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas and Alex Rodriguez was released as part of the Yankees' recent youth movement, and McCann is the latest veteran to lose playing time.
Sanchez, who made a one-game call-up as a designated hitter in May, has started seven of 14 games behind the plate since he rejoined the Yankees this month and has been the DH for six more. McCann has caught just twice since then and been the DH seven times, while backup catcher Austin Romine has been behind the plate five times.
McCann called Sanchez "one of the better, if not the best, young catchers since I've been in the big leagues." He understands what Girardi is doing with Sanchez, whose defense improved considerably this year while at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. >> Read more
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