Toronto Blue Jays News: Aaron Sanchez to the DL

 

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Aaron Sanchez on the DL due to a blister. They’ve recalled Matt Dermody in his place.

 

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The Toronto Blue JAys fortunes may have taken a hit today as the club has placed starting pitcher, Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list. His blister has burst and will require him to take some time off for it to heal properly.

 

 

One probably could have seen this coming, considering his last start saw him go 5.1 innings and give up 5 earned runs, including 3 home runs against the Orioles on Friday night. Considering a lot of what Sanchez throws relies heavily on movement, the blister would certainly have caused an issue for him.

 

 

2017 Pitching Gamelog
Rk Date Opp Rslt Dec IP H ER BB SO HR ERA GB FB LD 2B GDP
2 Apr 14 BAL L,4-6 L(0-1) 5.1 7 5 1 3 3 4.38 8 12 5 3 1
12.1 11 6 4 9 3 4.38
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/16/2017.

 

Normally, Sanchez would be able to induce a healthy portion of groundballs, which would lead to more double plays, but the 12 flyballs were certainly concerning. He was getting hit harder than we are used to seeing, which should have given us a heads up.

 

The club saw an unusual amount of luck last season with the starting rotation. All 5 starters proved to be healthy enough to stay on the field for the season. We knew that this run of luck would come to an end at some point. The good news is that a blister is not a major injury, if handled correctly and the new 10 day DL allows for a short stint for guys to right any minor wrongs when they come up. This stint would mean that Sanchez could miss a start, maybe two at most…assuming everything heals up nicely.

 

The club will fill his spot on the roster with Matt Dermody, who has not exactly lit it up in AAA so far in this early season. In 4.2 innings, he has allowed 4 hits, 3 ER, but struck out 7. His WHIP of 1.190 is encouraging, but there really isn’t much else we can make form his 2017 numbers.

 

In 2016, he saw some time with the big league club, but it did not go so well:

 

Standard Pitching
Year Age W L ERA G GF IP H R ER HR BB SO BF FIP WHIP
2016 25 0 0 12.00 5 1 3.0 6 4 4 1 0 5 16 5.15 2.000
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Generated 4/16/2017.

 

The 26 yr old had better success in AAA last year over 16.1 innings: 2.76 ERA. But, his strike out totals weren’t what we would like to see. Another option for the club to consider is Mike Bolsinger, but he’s only seen action in 1.2 innings (he hasn’t allowed a run), which might tell you how the club sees him. He may not be considered for spot starting duty moving forward. The Blue Jays also have guys like Mat Latos in AAA, but calling them up for 10 days may not be an option.

 

Today’s news is a set back for a team already struggling to find momentum this season. They are just over two weeks in and still haven’t found their mojo. Maybe getting injuries (see Josh Donaldson) out of the way early can help in this regard. Either way, losing an impactful starter like Sanchez is not going to make things easier. Everyone involved will hope that 10 days is all it takes for him to return.

 

 

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Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.