TAMPA — Gary Sanchez didn’t travel to Sarasota on Sunday to play against the Orioles. Nor did the catcher participate against the Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. And he isn’t scheduled to make the trip to Clearwater on Monday when the Yankees face the Phillies.

Sanchez came down with soreness in his back Saturday after catching Thursday and Friday, didn’t take batting practice Saturday and didn’t hit on the field prior to Sunday’s game against the Braves.

“I feel better [Sunday]. I definitely feel better than [Saturday],” Sanchez said through a translator.

But not well enough to play two days after catching back-to-back games against the Tigers and Orioles.

“Little tight, a little uncomfortable. Treating it after catching games back-to-back,” Sanchez said. “Better for me to take care of it now. You don’t rush anything, especially in spring training when you have time. It’s up to the trainers.”

Aaron Boone said Saturday he thought Sanchez would play against the Phillies on Monday. Now, it is Tuesday versus the Blue Jays.

“My hope is he will be able to play against the Blue Jays,” Boone said. “That’s how I have it penciled in, but we will kind of see how he responds. He was better today. I know he was in there today doing some catching drills. Hoping he should be good to go Tuesday.”

If Sanchez doesn’t play Tuesday at Steinbrenner Field, he likely won’t return to the lineup until Friday because the Yankees are playing games on Florida’s East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday and he might not make the trip.

Sanchez said the tightness is in the lower and middle parts of his back. He has been examined by the Yankees’ medical staff but hadn’t been stuffed into an MRI tube as of Sunday morning.

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Gary SanchezCharles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Catching instructor Tanner Swanson has Sanchez setting up lower to the ground with a leg stretched out to the opposite side of the plate from the hitter to help him frame lower pitches better and steal strikes.

Did the new setup factor into the back tightness because Sanchez didn’t move well Friday night when he was charged with a passed ball and was behind the plate for three wild pitches?

“I feel good receiving. At the same time, I don’t know if it is a result of that,” Sanchez said.

Boone said the new setup is a convenient explanation for the back issue.

“That probably is an easy thing to run to, but I am not so sure. Part of the stance is to alleviate the wear and tear, too,” Boone said. “Over the long haul, it will be less demanding physically. When I watch with my eyes that is what I am seeing. I am seeing him in a more comfortable, less demanding position but that said, it is different. So I guess there is certainly a possibility that could be a contributor.”

Confident Kyle Higashioka could handle being Sanchez’s backup, the Yankees allowed free agent Austin Romine to leave The Bronx for a one-year deal worth $4.1 million with the Tigers. Considering Sanchez has been on the injured list five times in the previous three seasons and had two stints on the shelf in each of the past two years, the Yankees expect their backup catcher to get more time than most.

While the Yankees believe Sanchez’s latest problem is a short-term deal, remember last spring when Aaron Hicks’ lower-back discomfort wasn’t considered a big issue and wound up forcing the switch-hitting center fielder to missed the initial 40 games of the regular season.

With Giancarlo Stanton likely starting the season on the IL with a Grade 1 strain of the right calf, Aaron Judge’s immediate future clouded by a stress fracture of the top right rib and Hicks out at least until June due to Tommy John surgery, the Yankees can’t afford to have Sanchez out of the lineup.

“I have been to the trainer’s room and they checked and have done tests here locally,” said Sanchez. “They told me what the symptoms are.”

The back might have played a part in Friday night’s problems catching and blocking balls, but the Yankees and Sanchez aren’t concerned about a slow start hitting.

“I think it is a matter of timing in general,” said Sanchez, who is 1-for-17 (.059) in seven games. “At the end of the day, I just want to be healthy.”