Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he hopes catcher Gary Sanchez can return from a Grade 1 right groin strain around the All-Star break, he told reporters before Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after he left last Sunday's game against the Rays after grounding into a double play, walking gingerly off the field.
Boone estimated then that Sanchez would miss approximately three to four weeks. The All-Star break would coincide with Boone's initial evaluation.
Sanchez said he was feeling better than he expected to at this point and has been working on getting his strength back, however he has yet to begin running, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey.
The Yankees have started Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka, whom they promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, in Sanchez's absence.
Higashioka, who is 0-for-4 this season and 0-for-21 in his MLB career including last season, is starting Sunday night to give Romine a rest after a precautionary MRI on his hamstring came back negative. Boone said Romine is available to pinch hit on Sunday.
The 25-year-od Sanchez had a .190/.291/.433 batting line with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 63 games before being placed on the DL.