What are Yankees doing to make Gary Sanchez a better defender?


TAMPA – Aaron Boone said he believes Gary Sanchez's defense behind the plate has improved, but much remains to be done.

"There is still a lot of meat on the bone," said the Yankees manager on Wednesday.

Sanchez is working with the new catch coordinator Tanner Swanson.

"He has improved a lot in the past few years and we feel that Tanner is coming in and the work they have already started to do is as if there is more to do," said Boone. "I am confident that we will see the results as the season progresses."

Sanchez & # 39; Defense has been a topic of conversation since he was with the majors. He said Wednesday when Pitcher and Catcher reported to the camp that he and Swanson had been working to lower his right knee so that he could get pitches in that position.

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"It is a bit difficult because it is something new that you have to adapt to," Sanchez said of an interpreter. “I think we've had about a week since we started working together, and I can tell you that I feel a lot better now than on Day 1. It's a learning process, and every time you try something new, it takes time to make this adjustment. "

Sanchez suffered lower body injuries last season, which limited him to 106 games, despite making 34 Homer careers.

That postseason, Sanchez said he had focused on becoming more flexible, and that would continue with the Yankees' new training and conditioning staff, who had been hired after the devastation of the roster due to injuries in 2019.

"I've been working with the new employees for about a week now and we have to keep going and see how it pays off when the season is here," said Sanchez.