Blue Jays’ Sanchez sent to the DL with blister issues

Apr 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) walks towards the dugout after being relieved during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) walks towards the dugout after being relieved during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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On Sunday morning, the Blue Jays announced that they were sending Aaron Sanchez to the 10 day DL to deal with a nagging blister issue, and recalled Matt Dermody to the big league club.

It’s not a major injury, but it’s also not exactly the type of news the Blue Jays were looking for after a 2-9 start. On Sunday. the Blue Jays announced that ace starter, Aaron Sanchez, will be placed on the 10 day disabled list in order to deal with a nagging blister issue on his pitching hand.

Sanchez last pitched on Friday night, taking the loss against the Baltimore Orioles in a 6-4 game. The 2016 AL ERA leader wasn’t at his best in the game, leading us to speculate if he wasn’t battling the issue during his last start.

The blister issue did surface prior to the Friday night start, but the Blue Jays and Sanchez didn’t believe it would be an issue that would keep him off the mound. The club obviously changed their mind after Friday’s game, believing that a quick 10 day DL stint should be enough to get the issue taken care of.

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In the mean time, the Blue Jays have an off day on Monday, so it’s likely they will continue with their 4 regular starters, with Sanchez missing just the one turn in the rotation. With the off day, Marco Estrada could toe the rubber during Wednesday’s contest, while remaining on a regular schedule of 4 days off in between starts.

In Sanchez’s place, the Blue Jays recalled Matt Dermody, who will help out in the bullpen for the time being. Dermody made 5 appearances with the Blue Jays last season, and will strengthen the pen from the left side, especially in the absence of J.P. Howell, who is still on the 10 day DL himself.

The Blue Jays admittedly don’t have a lot of depth in their starting rotation, likely having to turn to Casey Lawrence, or Mat Latos in the event that Sanchez has to miss more than one turn.

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Here’s hoping for the struggling Blue Jays’ sake that Sanchez can heal up over the next week and return to the mound, where he has dominated since becoming a full time starter at the beginning of last season.

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