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ANAHEIM, CALIF.—Still feeling the effects of a blistered middle finger on his right hand, Aaron Sanchez was less than a two-hour drive from his Barstow home, but he didn’t have time to visit this trip. He is too busy trying to get back on the mound to make another start in a Blue Jays game, rendering his 10-day DL stint exactly that.
The good news is that Sanchez threw on flat ground in the outfield at Angel Stadium for the second straight day, stretching long toss out to 150 feet, testing the injured finger that was repaired by a surgeon in Kansas City last week.
“On the inside of the nail where I was having the problem, they just cut like a quarter of my nail off,” Sanchez said after his on-field session under the watchful eye of Pete Walker. “I was numb so I didn’t feel it.”
Sanchez admitted this is a problem that had been bothering him for the past two seasons. It was a relief to finally have something done to correct it. He will throw again off flat ground on Monday in Anaheim and, if all goes well, will throw off a mound in St. Louis on Tuesday. Still, it will likely be Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence at least once more through the Jays’ rotation.
“To finally go out there and feel free — and not be worried about my pitches being finished and having to do stuff with my mechanics — is just a sigh of relief,” Sanchez said. “I can just go out there and throw the ball and not have to worry about, ‘Do I have to be a little easier with it today, or a little shyer with it today?’ I can just go out there and play catch.”
Sanchez has rationalized that he had 10 days off last season when the Jays decided to option him to the minors to rest. So he has time to contribute this season.
“Yeah, I mean we’re only 15 games in (actually 18),” he said. “There’s still a lot of season left. It sucks that it happened, but I’m glad it happened now and it didn’t happen halfway through the year where things may have been different. We can get this snipped in the bud now then have a full year of having this not even be a problem and just go compete.”