Cubs designate Nate Schierholtz for assignment

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Last season around this time the Cubs decided not to trade Nate Schierholtz in the middle of a career-year. Today they designated him for assignment, dropping him from the roster after the 30-year-old outfielder hit just .192 with six homers and a .541 OPS in 99 games.

Schierholtz was always a strong bet to decline after smacking a career-high 21 homers last season, but from 2010-2012 he’d posted a decent .725 OPS.

He’s stretched as a regular, but Schierholtz has generally been solid when used as a platoon starter against right-handed pitching. He was eligible for free agency after this season anyway, so the Cubs are merely parting ways a couple months early.

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.