Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez underwent surgery to repair his ailing right index finger on Tuesday, Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports. The club expects him to be ready for spring training next February.
Sanchez injured his finger back in June while moving a suitcase. He was on the disabled list between June 22 and August 24. In five starts after his return, Sanchez posted a 6.04 ERA over 25 1/3 innings, failing to reach the fifth inning in three of those starts.
Overall, the 26-year-old right-hander ends his 2018 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA and an 86/58 K/BB ratio in 105 innings. Sanchez will enter his second of three years of arbitration eligibility after earning $2.7 million in 2018.
It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.
Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:
He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.
Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”
During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.