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Blue Jays place Aaron Sanchez on 10-day disabled list with middle finger laceration

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Blue Jays’ right-hander Aaron Sanchez is on the 10-day disabled list again, this time with a middle finger laceration. It’s the latest complication in a lengthy battle with blisters and cracked fingernails, and one that doesn’t appear anywhere close to wrapping up. Sanchez told reporters he felt a lot of pain in his finger following Friday’s 3-5 loss to the Orioles and it’s still unclear how long he’ll need to make a full recovery.

The right-hander looked solid on the mound during his last start, holding the Orioles to three runs and striking out four of 27 batters over six innings before the Jays dropped the game in extras. It marked his third successful outing since his last trip to the disabled list, leading the club to believe that the worst of his blister issues had been solved.

Now, that doesn’t appear to be the case. While manager John Gibbons didn’t specify which treatments Sanchez would undergo this time around, he made it clear that everyone is ready to be done with the issue.

Sanchez, 24, is 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 24 1/3 innings. This will be his third stint on the disabled list in 2017.

Brewers claim Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.

Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.

Dallas Keuchel is unlikely to return before the All-Star break

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Astros’ left-hander Dallas Keuchel might not return to the rotation before the All-Star break, Houston manager A.J. Hinch told reporters prior to Sunday’s game. The club placed their star southpaw on the 10-day disabled list on June 8, retroactive to June 5, after a nerve issue was revealed in his neck.

Keuchel has taken a conservative approach to his recovery over the last several weeks, and while he appears to have made some progress, still has yet to throw off the mound. The injury interrupted the start of an outstanding run with the Astros, during which the 29-year-old lefty furnished a 9-0 record with a 1.67 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 through his first 75 2/3 innings of 2017.

According to Hinch, it’s certainly possible that Keuchel could return to the team sometime within the next two weeks, but it’s clear that the team would prefer to play it extra safe with their ace. Even assuming that he feels ready to reclaim his spot on the Astros’ pitching staff, he still needs to complete a few key activities before competing in another game — like throwing off a mound, for example. In the meantime, Lance McCullers Jr. will continue to head Houston’s rotation as they try to build on their 12.5-game lead in the AL West.

 

Hinch’s full comments are below: