Yankees' Aaron Boone: Gary Sanchez 'doing better' but unavailable for Saturday's Red Sox matchup

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Gary Sanchez road greys swinging side angle
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Gary Sanchez was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Friday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, and it was later announced that the slugging catcher was dealing with back spasms.

Aaron Boone offered an update on Sanchez on Saturday, saying he’s improving but still not an option for Saturday afternoon’s game.

“Doing a little bit better today,” Boone said of Sanchez. “Has been getting a lot of treatment today, getting him to move around now in the weight room as well. Hopefully [we] get him to where he’s back in play for us [Sunday].

“So, a little bit of improvement, but still didn’t get a real good night’s sleep and was pretty locked up still this morning. But a lot of good treatment, and I would say [he’s] doing better.”

Without Sanchez, the Yankees will have Rob Brantly starting behind the plate Saturday, batting out of the nine-hole in the lineup.

Right now, Brantly is the only healthy catcher on the roster, but if the Yankees get into an emergency situation, Boone said that either Rougned Odor or Tyler Wade would be the backup catcher.