Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres closing in on rehab games

Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres closing in on rehab games

CLEVELAND — Gary Sanchez could play in a minor league rehab game on Sunday if his strained right groin continues to improve.

“He is doing well, I think it is close,’’ Aaron Boone said of Sanchez testing the area in the minors. “We will talk about it in the next couple of days. I think [Sunday] is a possibility.’’

Barring a setback, the Yankees hope to have Sanchez back for next Friday’s Subway Series game against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez hasn’t played since June 24 against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In 63 games, Sanchez is hitting .190 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs.

Gleyber Torres took ground balls at second base and could be playing in a minor league rehab game during next week’s All-Star break.

“He is not feeling anything there,’’ Boone said of the right hip strain that has the second baseman on the DL. “He is moving in the right direction to be close behind where Gary is.’’


Brett Gardner, who hit two homers in the Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Indians Thursday night, needs one stolen base to tie Willie Randolph (251) for third place on the Yankees’ all-time stolen base list.

Derek Jeter leads with 358 and Rickey Henderson is second at 326.


Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman get most of the attention in the Yankees’ bullpen for their velocity and crisp breaking stuff, but Jonathan Holder has developed into a major cog in the pen’s success.

Since being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 21, the right-handed Holder has allowed two earned runs in 34 ¹/₃ innings for a 0.52 ERA. That is the second-lowest ERA in that span behind pen mate A.J. Cole who has allowed one earned run in 18 ²/₃ innings for a 0.48 ERA.

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