Blue Jays Starter Aaron Sanchez Leaves Start With Blister

Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez was pulled from tonight’s outing with a blister, the team announced to reporters including MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm (via Twitter).

While the outlook isn’t yet known, and finger blisters aren’t necessarily devastating injuries, it’s a particularly concerning development for this particular hurler. Sanchez has missed extensive time dealing with finger problems in recent seasons.

Entering today’s game, Sanchez had turned in 48 innings of 3.75 ERA pitching over nine starts. The 26-year-old has generated a solid number of grounders and boosted his swinging-strike rate to a career-high 9.9% this year. He has also doled out five free passes per nine since the start of the 2018 season and rates as a prime regression candidate.

It’s tough news for the organization as well as the player. Sanchez, who’s earning $3.9MM this year in his second-to-last season of arbitration eligibility, could be a trade or extension candidate if in top form. Instead, this injury adds to the question marks in the pitching department. The Jays already brought in Edwin Jackson to help fill out innings and may again be forced to seek outside help.

from MLB Trade Rumors http://bit.ly/2Es4Ktx

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