Sports Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez to resume throwing this week

12:23  07 december  2017
12:23  07 december  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

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The club expects Sanchez to resume throwing in the next couple of days; manager John Gibbons is optimistic he could be back in the rotation as soon as Toronto’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals next week . Aaron Sanchez . Delivered dailyThe Morning Headlines Newsletter.

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays expect Aaron Sanchez to resume throwing in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Sunday, thanks to continued improvement in the right middle finger that has already led to three disabled list trips this season.

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TORONTO — Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to resume throwing this week, almost three months after his 2017 season ended prematurely because of a sprained tendon and nagging blister on his middle finger.

General manager Ross Atkins made the announcement Wednesday at a luncheon with Toronto baseball reporters.

Sanchez went 15-2 with an AL-best 3.00 ERA and was a first-time All-Star in 2016. The blister issue limited him to eight starts in 2017 and led to four stints on the disabled list. Sanchez didn’t pitch after July 19, and his final comeback effort was halted when he was shut down in early September. He finished 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA.

Atkins also said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was diagnosed with season-ending ligament damage to his right ankle in late July, should be at full strength by January. Tulowitzki has missed at least 30 games in six straight seasons.

Blue Jays’ off-season work now extends well beyond on-field issues .
A new piece of off-season business was added to the Toronto Blue Jays’ to-do list last week when head trainer George Poulis left to join former general manager Alex Anthopoulos with the Atlanta Braves. His departure is a significant one, taking 15 years of experience as the club’s head trainer plus three years as an assistant along with him. Also amplifying the void is that assistant trainer Mike Frostad and major-league strength and conditioning coach Chris Joyner were fired earlier in the off-season, leaving multiple holes to fill.

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