Sanchez signed a one-year, $3.9 million deal with the Blue Jays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Sanchez had a tough time staying healthy in 2018, and as a result, he struggled mightily on the hill. He posted a 4.89 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 86 strikeouts over 105 innings. Despite a disappointing year, Sanchez underwent surgery to correct his finger injury earlier this offseason and should be ready to go come spring training.
Sanchez's surgery last week was performed to repair the UCL on the outside of his right index finger, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet The Fan 590 reports. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training in February, according to Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins. Despite a disappointing campaign that was once again impacted by injuries, Sanchez is still viewed by the organization as a rotation member in 2019. He's logged just 141 innings over the past two seasons combined, and in addition to staying healthy, Sanchez needs to regain the lost velocity on his fastball if he's going to return to the form he showed in 2016 when he pitched to a 3.00 ERA over 192 innings for the Jays.
Sanchez underwent season-ending surgery on his right index finger Tuesday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. The injury bug bit Sanchez again this season, limiting him to just 20 starts. He stumbled to a career-worst 4.89 ERA in those starts, striking out an unimpressive 18.1 percent of batters while walking 12.2 percent. He is expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training following his surgery.
Sanchez (finger) won't pitch again in 2018 and could require surgery, John Lott of The Athletic reports. Sanchez has been battling a lingering finger issue since June, and with the Blue Jays out of playoff contention, there's no need to push him any further. He's set to receive a third opinion on his diagnosis and faces the possibility of surgery sometime in the offseason. Sanchez is scheduled to visit another hand specialist in the near future.
Sanchez is battling a finger injury on his right hand, and it's uncertain if he'll pitch again this season, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Sanchez left the team Friday to have his finger examined by a specialist, but there's been no word on his status since. The injury was suffered June 21 when he caught his hand in a suitcase, and he's been bothered by the issue ever since. At this point, it seems likely that Sanchez won't take the mound again in 2018 with only a week left in the season.