PHILADELPHIA — One homer doesn’t mean a hitter has escaped a horrific slump, but when it comes to the disappointing start to Gary Sanchez’s season it provides a glimmer of hope.
After getting hit by a pitch on the left elbow in the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies, Sanchez informed Aaron Boone the hinge was good enough to start Thursday night.
Then the frigid-swinging catcher found himself hitting eighth for only the sixth time as a big-league starter.
“For me it is about playing. If I have the uniform on and I am out playing I am not going to pay attention to anything I might be hurting from,’’ said Sanchez, who hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning that cut the Phillies lead to a run in what turned into a 5-4 loss.
“I was definitely due. It was my time to put a really good hit on the ball. They were getting me out,’’ added Sanchez, who struck out in the second and fourth innings to hike his season total to 18 in 29 at-bats.
As for Sanchez hitting eighth, Boone said it was more a matter of wanting to move Gio Urshela up a notch than dropping Sanchez.