There was talk of the Astros and Blue Jays moving in to a joint spring training complex in Palm Beach County. That’s probably not happening. But the Astros still want to do it. And maybe the Nationals will be their bunkmates:
The Astros and Nationals have spoken about it, albeit not extensively, and plan to do so again, a person with knowledge of the talks said. The Nationals, who train in Viera, Fla., had a preliminary conversation with county officials last week.
Giles Kibbe, general counsel for the Astros, said the team is open to a new complex with either the Blue Jays or Nationals.
It’d be heard to move to the Atlantic coast alone given that only a few teams are left over there. Doubling up makes sense and, as the Arizona complexes have shown, probably make for the best use of resources overall.
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.