Phillies not yet ready to return J.A. Happ to the rotation

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J.A. Happ’s rehab assignment is over after six outings in the minors, yet the Phillies aren’t ready to put him back into their rotation and may option him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Happ made just two starts in April before going down with left forearm soreness. He’s pitched 24 1/3 innings since beginning his rehab assignment a month ago, but he has a 6.93 ERA during that span. He’s allowed 33 hits, walked 12 and struck out 17. In his two Triple-A starts, he’s walked eight in 9 1/3 innings.
A decision to send him down would no doubt be partly a result of Kyle Kendrick’s modest success. The right-hander just threw his first career complete game against the Pirates on Sunday and is 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance this season. The Phillies are 8-3 in his last 11 starts.

Blue Jays place Aaron Sanchez on 10-day disabled list

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The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.

Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.

Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.