The Blue Jays announced that starter Aaron Sanchez has been shut down for the rest of the season due to a blister on his right middle finger, per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm.
Sanchez, 25, has been bothered by the blister all year and has made only eight starts as a result. He last pitched on July 19. Overall, he went 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA and a 24/20 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. It’s a disappointing season considering how well he pitched last year, when he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 161/63 K/BB ratio in 192 frames.
The hope is that Sanchez will have plenty of time to deal with the blister and come into spring training in 2018 ready to go.
The Cleveland Indians announced this afternoon that they have signed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.
Rzepczynski was released by the Mariners earlier this month after 18 games in which he allowed nine runs in seven and two-thirds innings. A lot of that damage came at the hands of right-handed hitters, which he probably shouldn’t be facing, so maybe Terry Francona will get some better luck by deploying him a bit more judiciously.
He’s still being paid by the Mariners for the final few months of the two-year, $11 million deal he signed before the 2017 season, so it’s worth it for the Indians to try and see if they can get anything out of him.