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Sanchez Not That Far Off

Humberto Sanchez will face live batters soon

TAMPA, FL - Acquired from the Tigers for Gary Sheffield prior to the 2007 season, Humberto Sanchez has yet to face a batter in an official game in a Yankees uniform - in the big leagues or otherwise - and now he's close to reaching that milestone in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

"[I'm] close to facing hitters," Humberto Sanchez said this weekend. "I've got another week of bullpens and then live batting practice sessions, so we're pretty close. "I'll have two weeks of live batting practice and then I think it's the third week of June when I get into games." Already back up on the mound but still limited to just throwing bullpen sessions in his rehab program, once...

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