Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez throws from 60 feet on Wednesday
Manager Joe Girardi optimistic about his backstop's timeline
"Everything went well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media prior to the team's series finale with the White Sox. "He said he feels good, but it's the first time he's thrown and it's only 60 feet, so I'm sure it wasn't as hard as we've seen him throw the baseball."
Sanchez also took some dry swings with only his left hand, ramping up the baseball activity he has been doing over the last few days even further.
"He's been doing things like catching off the machine to try to keep his legs in shape, simulating catching five or six innings off the machine," Girardi said. "He's also been blocking, and everything is going well."
The next steps for Sanchez will include gradually upping the distance he's throwing from until it's similar to throwing to the bases, and Girardi is confident the original timeline of a four-week absence is still in play for his starting catcher.
"Today's day 11; our plan was that it's going to take four weeks, with playing in games sometime in the last week, so we're getting there," Girardi said.
On another injury note, Girardi was also confident about the status of top prospect Gleyber Torres, who underwent an MRI of his own on Wednesday.
"It's just some inflammation in his shoulder, and he probably won't be down that long," the skipper said. "They may have put him on the DL, I don't know - it's only seven days down there, so they may have."
Torres was scratched from Trenton's lineup prior to Tuesday's game after reporting shoulder soreness. The team initially announced the ailment as biceps tendinitis after that game, and indeed it was expected that the Thunder would place Torres on the 7-day disabled list on Wednesday.