The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that both pitcher Aaron Sanchez and second baseman Devon Travis will be shelved for the remainder of the 2017 season. Manager John Gibbons was hopeful that catcher Russell Martin could make it back before the end of the month.
Pitcher Aaron Sanchez began the 2017 season full of promise after a breakout 2016 campaign in which the 25-year finished 7th in AL Cy Young voting. However, the baseball Gods did not shine down brightly on Sanchez this season as the hurler battled blister issues for the better part of the season.
Sanchez made four separate trips to the disabled list and only managed to make 8 starts in 2017 going 1-3 with a 4.25 earned run average while fanning 24 in 36 innings of work. The injury created a huge hole in the Jays starting rotation, an injury that forced John Gibbons to utilize 14 different starters as opposed to 7 the previous season.
Yesterday the Jays finally announced that Sanchez was done for the year after there was some talk the hurler could come back and pitch out of the bullpen.
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Second baseman Devon Travis has been snake bitten with injuries for much of his Blue Jays career. Travis has dealt with a nagging shoulder injury and most recently a knee issue that required surgery to clean up the cartilage.
Travis was on the road to recovery when he experienced a setback in August, that setback has the remainder of his season in jeopardy. Gibbons did not officially rule it out earlier this week but did say he did not expect Travis to play again this season, so yeah he is done.
The Blue Jays are still hopeful that catcher Russell Martin can return from an oblique injury before the fat lady sings on the Jays last place season. The Jays have already shut down shortstop Troy Tulowitzki until next season and the injuries continue to pile up.
As of right now, all the above-mentioned players appear on track for a healthy spring training return in 2018.