Blue Jays’ stars are dropping like flies, injury updates

Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 30, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning but later was pulled from the game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning but later was pulled from the game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /

Starting Rotation- Aaron Sanchez 

Aaron Sanchez’s season hasn’t gone according to plan, as he’s only pitched 13.1 innings, and has landed on the 10 day DL twice already this season. The first time was the result of blister issues on right pitching hand, which seem to be behind him now after a minor surgical procedure.

After returning to the mound post-blister issues, the 2016 AL ERA leader was only able to throw one inning before having to leave again, landing back on the DL, this time with a split nail on his middle finger on the same pitching hand.

Sanchez threw a successful session on Tuesday, throwing 60 pitches and reporting no problems afterward. The Blue Jays remain hopeful that he’ll be able to take the mound on Sunday, and hopefully stick in the rotation for good this time.

In his absence the Blue Jays have turned to the likes of Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence, both of whom have been designated for assignment since, and also moved Joe Biagni from the bullpen to the rotation to help navigate the injuries.

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