Carlos Beltran hits in batting cage, nearing return

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Carlos Beltran will be back shortly.

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran outfielder took swings in a batting cage from both sides of the plate on Saturday afternoon without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in his once-strained right hand.

Beltran has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 8. He’s eligible to return to the major leagues Tuesday, but the Giants are likely to wait until later in the week to officially activate him. Thursday or Friday seems realistic.

Beltran was acquired from the Mets in late July for pitching prospect Zach Wheeler. The 34-year-old is batting .284/.378/.495 on the season, but just .244/.261/.356 in 46 plate appearances since joining San Francisco.

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.