Tampa Bay Rays' Jake Bauers celebrates after crossing home plate in front of New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez following his three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 23, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Gary Sanchez put back on DL by Yanks after failing to hustle

July 24, 2018 - 4:08 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has gone back on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right groin, a day after failing to hustle on a pair of key plays in a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay.

Sanchez missed 20 games from June 25 to July 19 because of the groin injury.

After Monday night's game, Sanchez said through a translator that the groin issues were "definitely behind me" and that "it's about doing a better job overall."

Austin Romine was behind the play for Tuesday night's game at the Rays.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the first inning Monday when Jake Bauers scored from second on Sanchez's 10th passed ball, which tied for the major league lead. Sanchez reached out and let a breaking ball from Luis Severino glance off his glove and right foot, then slowly chased the ball as it bounced toward the third base coaching box.

Severino appeared angry as he spoke with Sanchez in the dugout after the inning, an encounter caught by a television camera.

New York loaded the bases in the ninth when Sanchez batted with two outs. He grounded to second baseman Daniel Robinson, who flipped to shortstop Willy Adames. While Aaron Hicks beat the throw to second, Sanchez jogged up the first-base line and was thrown out by an alert Adames.

Sanchez was criticized by then-manager Joe Girardi after a passed ball last summer and was benched for two games. Sanchez's 16 passed balls tied Yasmani Grandal for the big league lead last year, when Sanchez was behind the plate for 53 wild pitches. Sanchez has been behind the plate for 35 wild pitches this year.

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