Aaron Sanchez started the 2015 season in the Blue Jays' rotation and did a fair job, going 5-4 with a 3.55 ERA, though also with a bloated 1.44 WHIP. In June, he wound up on the disabled list due to a lat strain, and by the time he came back in late July, he was sent to the bullpen. Despite thriving in that role, Sanchez is expected to go back to being a starter in 2016. Sanchez's strong ground ball tendencies serve him well in Toronto, but his wildness limits his effectiveness and Fantasy value. He is fine for AL-only leagues, and because he still has untapped potential, he could be worth a flier in deeper mixed leagues as well.
The Blue Jays are backing pitcher Aaron Sanchez out of the primary setup role, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. While it sounds like Sanchez could still see opportunities in the eighth inning over the final two weeks, he will effectively share setup duties with Mark Lowe and Brett Cecil moving forward. Sanchez has given up a run in four of his last five appearances, doing so without even recording an out in his last two.
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez (7-6) was tagged with the loss Tuesday, pitching 1 1/3 innings while giving up four hits and an earned run. He fanned one. Sanchez has run into trouble every time he's been asked to pitch more than one inning out of the bullpen and Tuesday was no different. His numbers are still stellar as a reliever as he boasts a 1.71 ERA with a 0.76 WHIP in 21 innings in that role.
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez has wasted little time dropping his appeal to a three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Royals batter Alcides Escobar on Sunday. He will begin serving it Wednesday night. Sanchez, who has been pitching out of the bullpen after a stint as a starter, owns a 6-4 mark and 3.39 ERA on the year.
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for intentionally throwing at Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Sunday, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Sanchez was slated to begin his suspension Tuesday, but he said he will appeal and expects to be active this weekend in New York, according to the National Post. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons also received a one-game suspension for coming back on the field following his ejection in the seventh inning. Gibbons will serve his suspension Tuesday, according to a release from MLB.
Blue Jays relievers Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna will share the eighth- and ninth-inning roles, manager John Gibbons said Tuesday. The Blue Jays acquired veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who has experience as a closer, in a trade with the Rockies late Monday night. However, Gibbons stressed Hawkins will be used in the sixth and seventh innings.