UPDATE: The Brewers take a pass on Nyjer Morgan

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UPDATE: Rosenthal says that the Brewers considered it, but took a pass. They’ll make do with what they have for the outfield bench.

1:00 PM: Fresh off their pickup of Sergio Mitre, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are trying to get Nyjer Morgan.

The thinking here is that, with backup outfielder Chris Dickerson shipped to the Yankees in the Mitre deal, Morgan could slide in replace him as the Brew Crew’s fourth outfielder. It might be a nice move from Morgan’s perspective too, seeing as though it looks like he won’t be starting in Washington — and would probably be optioned to AAA — in light of Jim Riggleman’s belief that Rick Ankiel is an everyday center fielder.
Morgan is no great shakes, but he’d be a pretty useful fourth outfielder in my mind.

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.