5:57pm: Garcia will join Sanchez on the DL, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com tweets that he’s dealing with shoulder tenderness. The Jays will recall reliever Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo to take Garcia’s roster spot, though it’s not yet clear whom they’ll tab to fill out their rotation. Garcia, whom Toronto signed to a one-year, $10MM guarantee over the winter, has joined Stroman and Sanchez in disappointing this season. Long a solid back-end starter, Garcia has scuffled to a 6.16 ERA with 8.22 K/9, 4.55 BB/9 and an uncharacteristically low grounder rate (42 percent) through 61 1/3 innings.
5:13pm: The Blue Jays have reinstated right-hander Marcus Stroman from the disabled list and placed fellow righty Aaron Sanchez on the DL, retroactive to Friday, per a team announcement. Sanchez is dealing with a right index finger contusion.
Stroman went on the DL on May 11 with right shoulder fatigue, which continued a rough start to the season for the 27-year-old. After establishing himself as an effective workhorse over the previous two seasons, during which he eclipsed the 200-inning campaign each year, Stroman opened this season with a 7.71 ERA across 37 1/3 innings and seven starts before going on the DL. While Stroman had posted a career-best 7.71 K/9 in that span and continued his groundball-inducing ways (60.5 percent), he also logged personal-worst walk and home run figures (4.34 BB/9, 1.21 HRs per nine). Additionally, Stroman experienced a drop in velocity and was prone to hard contact, evidenced in part by his lofty .404 xwOBA against.
Stroman drew offseason trade interest and, with Toronto struggling, could have been a candidate to move prior to deadline had he performed well and stayed healthy over the first couple months of 2018. Instead, given Stroman’s early woes, he seems likely to at least finish the year with the Blue Jays – who can control him via arbitration through 2020. He’ll return to the hill Saturday against the Angels.
As is the case with Stroman, this hasn’t been an ideal year for Sanchez. The 25-year-old previously endured a subpar 2017, thanks in part to blister issues that limited him to 36 innings. He has far surpassed that total this season, having tossed 79 2/3 frames in 15 starts, though Sanchez has only managed a 4.52 ERA thus far. Sanchez has recorded normal strikeout and grounder rates (7.57 K/9, 50.2 GB rate), but he has surrendered a career-worst 5.08 walks per nine and dealt with a mild decline in velocity.
With the Jays temporarily trading Sanchez for Stroman, both Sam Gaviglio and Jaime Garcia will remain in a rotation that also includes potential trade pieces in impending free agents J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada.