End of sea­son for Blue Jays’ young pitcher

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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.

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