Cubs likely to send No. 2 pick Kris Bryant to Double-A

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Kris Bryant had a big pro debut after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Cubs in June, hitting .336 with nine homers and a 1.078 OPS in 36 games between three different levels in the low minors.

And the Cubs were so impressed by the former University of San Diego slugger that they’re leaning toward sending him to Double-A to begin this season, as scouting director Jason McLeod told Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Once stud prospects reach Double-A the jump to the majors can happen in a hurry, particularly with teams often stocking Triple-A with veterans rather than prospects. In other words, don’t be surprised to see Bryant at Wrigley Field some time this summer.

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.