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There Might Be An Excuse For Why Gary Sanchez Didn't Hustle Last Night

Gary Sanchez at bat for the Yankees.

Last night was not a good one for New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. The 25-year-old catcher cost his team twice with a lack of hustle.

In the first inning of Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Sanchez allowed a run on the rare two-base passed ball. He and starting pitcher Luis Severino were crossed up.

Sanchez appeared to loaf after the ball, which led to Rays first baseman Jake Bauers scoring from second base.

In the ninth inning, Sanchez hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 putout (not a double play), because he didn't run hard out of the box. The runner on first, Aaron Hicks, beat the throw to second, but Rays shortstop Willy Adames still had time to nab Sanchez running to first. Sanchez has taken heat from all angles for what happened, and many expected the Yankees to bench him. However, he might have to sit down for other reasons. Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that Sanchez may have re-aggravated the groin injury that knocked him out the lineup for a month. He just returned to the Yankees on Friday. Heyman says the groin might have acted up on the first inning passed ball.

If Sanchez is legitimately hurt again, and incapable of playing 100 percent, he's not helping the Yankees. His batting average has slipped to .188, and he's never been a strong defender.

If that's the case, he is better off sitting, or going back on the DL, rather than playing how he did on Monday night.