End of season for Blue Jays’ young pitcher
TORONTO — Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez sat inside manager John Gibbons’ office answering questions about his injury and being shut down for the rest of the 2017 season.
“Good job,” said Gibbons after Sanchez finished.
Sanchez did do a good job clarifying why blisters kept cropping up on his right middle finger this year. Turns out the root of the problem is a pulley strain in the ligament in the middle finger and with rest the problem should finally be resolved.
But there were times during his sit-down when Sanchez’s frustration rose to the surface. Who could blame Sanchez if he did look miserable? This is a 24-yearold kid coming off a breakout season where he went 15-2 with an AL-leading 3.00 ERA and there was every indication that 2017 would be equally huge, if not better.
But then the blisters began to appear on his finger.
“I can’t control that my finger is the way it is,” he said. “I can’t control that I’ve been getting blisters. I mean like I said, this game is already hard enough to get guys out. If I’m going to complain about this I’ll drive myself crazy.”
Sanchez and Jays’ GM Ross Atkins said time is the solution and Sanchez won’t pick up a ball until the finger is totally healed. They’re confident that will happen before spring training.