Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez has undergone surgery on his right index finger, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins announced today and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca was among those to cover (Twitter links). Precise details are not yet apparent.
Ongoing troubles with the digit, which was injured in a suitcase mishap, plagued Sanchez for much of the season. He did make it back for five final starts late in the season, but wasn’t in top form and left his latest start reporting further problems.
Truth be told, Sanchez has not been at his best for the past two seasons. His 2016 effort seemed like a breakout season, but he has thrown only 141 innings since. Last year, blisters held Sanchez to eight starts. In 2018, he has taken the ball twenty times, but carries only a 4.89 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 in 105 frames.
The disappointing results and health problems likely won’t keep the Blue Jays from tendering a contract to a pitcher who has long been lauded for his talent. The 26-year-old is earning just $2.7MM this year and won’t command a huge raise heading into his second (and second-to-last) arb-eligible campaign.
In other news, Atkins says that infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will not return this season after suffering a hamstring strain. It’s considered a grade 2 strain, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweets, which is a reasonably significant injury but presumably won’t represent much of a stumbling block for the promising young player. Obviously it’s not terribly consequential for him to miss a week of game action; the hope, surely, is that Gurriel will have ample time to rest up before resuming full offseason activities.