Blue Jays change their mind, will keep Aaron Sanchez in the rotation

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On Monday, after acquiring starter Francisco Liriano from the Pirates, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told the media the club planned to move All-Star starter Aaron Sanchez back to the bullpen. It seemed peculiar since Sanchez currently owns an AL-best 2.71 ERA along with an 11-1 record and a 118/41 K/BB ratio in 139 1/3 innings.

Atkins has changed his mind. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Sanchez will stay in the Jays’ starting rotation for the time being. The Jays will use a six-man rotation, an idea supported by the members of that rotation. Davidi adds that the Jays will monitor Sanchez from start to start and will proceed based on how he feels.

Sanchez pitched 133 1/3 innings last season between the minors and the majors, a career high at the time. He has already surpassed that in 21 starts this season, which is why the Jays will monitor him.