The Yankees have sent catcher Gary Sanchez to the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, which he sustained during Sunday's loss to the Rays.
Sanchez is probably looking at a three-to-four week absence, manager Aaron Boone said before Monday night's game.
"It's huge," Boone said about being without Sanchez. "Gary Sanchez out of your lineup, that's a big deal."
Sanchez left Sunday's game in the 10th inning after grounding into a double play, reaching for his groin after he touched first base and walking gingerly off the field.
"It's bothering me right now," Sanchez said after the game, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "Tomorrow, I'm going to have an MRI and we'll see the extent of the injury."
To replace Sanchez, C Kyle Higashioka has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he is hitting .191 on the season.
Sanchez, 25, went 0-for-4 on Sunday and was replaced by Austin Romine. Sanchez has a .190/.291/.433 batting line with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 63 games this season.
Now we'll get to see how much of a turnaround Romine has truly made.
Romine has been quite productive in the reserve role this season, which has been expanded some compared with year's past. The question is whether Romine can be nearly as productive in the full-time role while Sanchez is nursing his injury, one that could take some time to heal from if the worst-case scenario occurs.
As for Sanchez, the year has been a disappointment when looking across the statistical line due to a mix of questionable approach at times and poor luck. Regardless, the Yankees hope that the timeframe for healing and rehabilitation will minimal so that Sanchez can be back for the stretch run because he's still by far their best catcher.