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Yankees activate Gary Sanchez amid roster shuffle

The Kraken is back from the injured list, while Jonathan Holder hits the IL.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees announced a series of roster moves this morning, most prominently activating Gary Sanchez from the IL. Sanchez had been out since July 23rd with a groin injury. He will start behind the plate this afternoon against the Blue Jays.

To make room on the active roster, the Yankees optioned Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A. Higashioka had combined with Austin Romine to form a surprisingly formidable catching duo in Sanchez’s absence. Higashioka knocked five extra-base hits in 24 at-bats since Sanchez’s injury, including three home runs.

The Yankees also placed Jonathan Holder on the IL with right shoulder inflammation. They recalled Stephen Tarpley from Triple-A to take Holder’s spot. Holder had looked a bit better since having been sent down to the minors back in June, so this represents an unfortunate setback for the right-hander.

Even with Sanchez’s return, the Yankees still have 16 players on the IL, and have seen 26 players total hit the injured list at some point this season. Hopefully, his return from the IL is a permanent one. Sanchez slumped badly prior to his injury, but he remains probably the most talented hitter among MLB catchers. His addition to a lineup that has more than stayed afloat amid injuries should be a boon.