Gary Sanchez heading to IL with groin injury

MINNEAPOLIS — After the Yankees outlasted the Twins on Tuesday night, Gary Sanchez didn’t want to concede a trip to the injured list would await him on Wednesday due to the left groin problem that forced him out of the game in the eighth inning.

Those hopes were dashed on Wednesday when the All-Star catcher was placed on the IL and catcher Kyle Higashioka was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sanchez, who has 10 hits in his last 85 at-bats, landed awkwardly on the first-base bag running out a ground ball in the eighth inning of a 14-12 win that was saved by Aaron Hicks’ diving catch in left-center with the bases loaded and two outs.

This is Sanchez’s second trip to the IL this year after going on the shelf twice last year with right groin injuries. He said Tuesday night that the current injury was “nothing like what I had last year. The pain is completely different.’’

Sanchez missed two weeks in April with a strained left calf. He is hitting .229 with 24 homers and 58 RBIs.

Sanchez’s injury means the Yankees will turn to Austin Romine as the primary catcher. In 39 games, Romine is batting .244. Higashioka has appeared in 42 big league games for the Yankees since 2017, including four this year.

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