Is A Reunion With A Former Catcher On The Cards For The Yankees After Piling Up On The Injury List?

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The New York Yankees catching depth is depleting at an alarming rate as injury concerns continue to pile up.

The Bronx Bombers’ injury dismay just not seems to end any time soon. The team is reeling under frequent injuries with just four weeks to the regular season opening day. Firstly, two starters of the pitching rotation, Frankie Montas and Nestor Cortes, were ruled out indefinitely due to respective injuries. On top of that, the second most important aspect of the defense, the catching depth, has fallen like a house of cards.

After Austin Wells got ruled out due to a broken rib, Ben Rortvedt went through surgery after circulation problems which led to a series of discomfort in catching actions. His is too ruled out indefinitely. With a handful of guys remaining on the deck, another bad news is coming out of New York Yankees camp. They have another catcher on the injured list.

Are Yankees Planning To Reunite With Gary Sanchez?

Gary Sanchez
Former New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who played for the Minnesota Twins in 2022, remains a free agent.AP

With Austin Wells and Ben Rortvedt out of action for god knows how long, the New York York Yankees’ catching depth is in tatters. The Bronx Bombers have only two designated catchers, Kyle Higashioka and Jose Trevino, in the bullpen at the moment. A further addition to the Yanks’ misery is that Higashioka will leave the camp next week to participate in the World Baseball Classic 2023, wherein he will represent Team USA. Naturally, speculations over the Bombers looking for a fresh face in the free agency are rife.

Meanwhile, Yankees beat writer Erik Boland’s latest tweet sent the fans into a frenzy. He wrote that the Yanks are looking to increase the catching depth by bringing an experienced player from free agency. Fans were quick to speculate that the team might recall Gary Sanchez, a former Yankee catcher. However, Erik clarified his tweet, saying he did not mention Gary’s name anywhere. He was referring to an experienced guy like Rob Brantly, who is also a former Yankee catcher. However, it’s unclear if the Yanks are actually considering a reunion with any former Yankee at this time.

Ben Rortvedt Reveals His Finer Injury Orderly

New York Yankees catcher, Ben Rortvedt, went through a shoulder injury a few weeks ago after experiencing discomfort in his fingers. Later, after a full checkup, Ben was diagnosed with an aneurysm, which stunned his circulation and affected movements in his fingers. Meanwhile, as Ben returned to the camp post successful surgery, he recalled his orderly.

Ben Rortvedt
Yankees catcher Ben Rortvedt talks with right fielder Aaron Judge. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Ben said the injury was grave and would have caused serious damage had not been diagnosed in time. Moreover, the catcher added his fingers turned blue and went absolutely numb. Hence, had he delayed his treatment, he could have ended up losing a finger or an entire hand. Nonetheless, the catcher is fine and is likely to miss one month of all baseball-related activities. Ben is the third catcher of the New York Yankees to enter the injury list.