Gary Sanchez Suffers Groin Injury, Will Return To New York For Testing

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Hours after the Yankees saw Edwin Encarnación and J.A. Happ suffer injuries; catcher Gary Sanchez left the second game of New York's doubleheader against the Tigers on Thursday.

Sanchez was hurt after being thrown out at second base during the third inning. The Yankees decided to play it safe with their star catcher and took precautionary measures by removing him from the game. Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed Sanchez would leave the team's road trip early and head back to New York for further testing.

"On the slide at second base, I felt like I overstretched my leg a little," Sanchez told reporters through his translator. "But running towards the dugout, I felt fine. Then I put on my equipment and once I squatted behind home plate, I felt it tighten up. I thought it was a smart thing to say this is going on to prevent it from getting worse."

It's the second time this season Sanchez endured the groin injury. He previously missed 16 games this season due to a groin strain, resulting in a stint on the team's 10-day injured list. Following the Yankees' 6-4 win, Sanchez remained optimistic about his health.  

"I definitely feel better now," Sanchez said. "But at the end of the day, we've got to check it out. Tomorrow we're going to do a test to see what type of grade - if there's even a grade on it. From there, we'll see what's next."

Encarnacion (strained left oblique) and Happ (bicep tendonitis) are also heading to New York for further testing. 

Sanchez ranks second on the team with 34 home runs, trailing only Gleyber Torres. He's batting .234 and has recorded 77 RBI, third among Yankees' batters. Kyle Higashioka replaced Sanchez behind the plate in Detroit.

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday night before beginning a six-game homestand on Tuesday.