Posted on July 24, 2018 at 06:05 | Updated on July 24, 2018 at 06:52
Sanchez looked bad all night jogging to start in his five at-bat bases, and his last display of preventing prevented the Yankees running twice in the ninth inning he ran with two outs.
After Sanchez had loaded the bases and held the Rays on a one-run lead, they hit a hard grounder and were thrown by Aaron Hicks after two strikes on the first base in twos because he was actually running hard.
Sanchez was jogging so slowly that night that one had to wonder if this was just another night without hassle or if he had made worse his right groin bend which had him on the list of disabled people from 25th June to last Friday because of a burden.
Sanchez was the big story in the Yankees clubhouse after the game.
Here's what Sanchez, manager Aaron Boone, fielder Brett Gardner and launcher Luis Severino had to say about this laziness, which costs the Yan Kees a game that puts them six games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East table left:
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Is Sanchez injured?
Sanchez has not raced since his groin injury last Friday, the Yankees' first game after the All-Star break, and his lack of hustle and bustle on Monday night wiped out three groundballs, a popup and a single was hard to beat overlooked.
Is his loin still beating?
Boone was first asked if Sanchez is injured.
"No," the manager replied. "He should be able to come after that, he is here and again and everything should be alright."
Later, Sanchez was asked if his abdomen still hurts or if he was afraid to burden him again , fidgeting.
"I'm fine," he said. "The injury and thinking about it is definitely behind me."
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How Boone reacted
Yankees rookie coach Aaron Boone has spent so much effort throughout the season to protect Sanchez, who has been criticized by ex-coach Joe Girardi for defending in the past season.
Boone had trouble Sanchez after the game on Monday.
After Sanchez did not run hard enough to start in the ninth inning, Boone replied, "I would have to watch (the replay), but he has to find his goal quickly and he should be able to do that now."  With the Rays scoring a run from second base because Sanchez was not trying to chase his outdated ball, Boone did not notice it until he appeared in his post-game press  "It's another matter which I have to look at (at replay), because when the ball jumped out, I watched as Bauer ran from second to second even though he knew he might be a bit aggressive, "Boone said. "So I screamed (pitcher Luis Severino) home and I watched the runner, so that's another game I have to hold back."