Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez designated for assignment weeks after playing in Futures Game

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Three weeks ago Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez was playing in the Futures Game for the second time in three years. Today the 24-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jhonny Peralta.
At first glance that series of events makes it seems as though the Tigers just dumped a promising young player for nothing. In reality, it just shows how out of place Ramirez was playing in a game meant to showcase the best prospects in baseball.
Ramirez has good power and speed, averaging 23 homers and 32 steals per 150 games at Double-A and Triple-A, but he’s also hit just .256 with a .322 on-base percentage and an average of 185 strikeouts per 600 plate appearances between those two levels. This year he’s hit .230/.295/.458 with a ghastly 144/32 K/BB ratio in 97 games.
In other words, not all Futures Game participants are created equal.

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.