Over the past few days, Aaron Boone has talked more about Gary Sanchez's improved conditioning than about the deadly right-handed that the Yankees hope the Catcher will bring with him when he leaves the disabled list on Saturday.
"I think he's in a really good place right now, physically," said the manager of the Yankees over Sanchez, who was in the stadium Friday night after completing a minor league four-game streak on Thursday night.
Sanchez is activated against the tigers for Saturday's game. He will be the starting catcher and work with Masahiro Tanaka.
"Conditionally, he came out of his rehab job well," Boone said before the Yankees ended the stage with a 7-5 win over the Tigers on Friday night. "All reports show that he is really good, so excited to put him back in the lineup [Saturday]."
The fact that Boone has been talking about Sanchez's improved condition since the second season this season, with a right groin on July 24, is a strong indication that the 25-year-old did not get into shape so well, when he went to the shelf for the first time on June 25th.
He was activated on July 1
"I give him all the credit for that," Boone said of the current conditioning of Sanchez. "He's really been following since he left [on the DL] .He looks really good, the reports are defensive, how well he moves behind the plate, I think he's excited where he's from a conditioning standpoint. I think it will be a priority for him. "
Sanchez said the workload was more intense during the second DL stint.
"We had a really good pace this time, I ran more, I trained more for my defense, I played more games there," Sanchez said. "It just made it all right and went well, the coaches had a good plan and followed that and went through every step."
Even if Sanchez improves behind the plate, he never gets more than one be a good hitchhiker. So that Boache's return from the DL is something Boone expects to raise.
"I think we will potentially be a frontline player," said Boone of Sanchez, who has 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 66 games. "If right, he has the ability to carry you, I think that's absolutely in there."
Despite the solid work of Austin Romine in Sanchez's absence, Boone is committed to having Sanchez the number one 1 is and expects that he will take over the workload.
"That's alright, I'm a catcher at the end of the day, and that's my responsibility," said Sanchez, who has allowed 10 completed balls and has played 35 game fields in 55 games. "I look forward to it."
– Additional coverage by Greg Joyce