Sanchez (shoulder) will not be tendered a contract by the Astros on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Sanchez will wind up making just four starts for Houston after coming over in a deadline-day trade from the Blue Jays. He suffered a shoulder injury in mid-August and underwent a procedure which could keep him out for the entirety of the 2020 campaign. Whether or not he's able to find a deal this winter will depend in large part on teams' assessment of his health.
Sanchez (shoulder) may not be ready to pitch in 2020, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The right-hander joined the Astros for their final regular-season series in Anaheim and talked with reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. Sanchez said his surgery was nearly identical to what Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias underwent in 2017. Urias went under the knife June 27, 2017 and returned to major-league action Sept. 15, 2018. An estimated time frame for this injury sits between 12 and 14 months. Despite that, Sanchez remains confident. "It's going to be a while," Sanchez said. "I could come back mid-next year is kind of what (the doctor) said .... I'll definitely miss the first part of next year, but I will pitch next year." Sanchez was acquired from the Blue Jays this season and made four appearances for the Astros. At the time of his acquisition, he was penciled in as possible bullpen help for the postseason and rotation candidate for 2020. Sanchez enters the offseason as arbitration eligible, so whether he returns to Houston is unclear. The Astros can decide not to tender his contract, a strong possibility given he will not be ready for Opening Day.
Sanchez will not be ready for the start of the 2020 season after undergoing shoulder surgery last week, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. An exact timetable for Sanchez's recovery has not been released, but the procedure he underwent on his injured shoulder will prevent him from being ready for Opening Day next year. Sanchez started four games after being acquired by the Astros at the trade deadline, so he could be an option to start for the club next year once he is back at 100 percent.
Sanchez (shoulder) will require surgery and will not return this season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. He will have the surgery next week and the team will have more information afterwards regarding his rehab and return to throwing. Sanchez was brilliant in his first two starts for Houston but gave up nine earned runs in 7.2 innings over his next two outings, possibly due to the shoulder soreness.
Sanchez (pectoral) will not accompany the Astros on their upcoming five-game road trip, which begins Thursday in Toronto and ends Tuesday in Milwaukee, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports. Sanchez has been on the shelf since Aug. 20 with a sore pectoral. Given that the right-hander is set to stay back in Houston to continue rehabbing while the team is on the road, the earliest he could rejoin the Astros would be Sept. 5, though it's unclear if he'll be ready to return at that point.
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