TORONTO – Add Toronto Blue Jays right hand Aaron Sanchez to the list of key participants with trunk injuries this season.
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Sanchez acknowledged Wednesday that the bruised right index finger that marginalized him two months ago occurred when his finger fell into a suitcase that fell. The incident took place on June 21, hours before Sanchez took the hill in Los Angeles against the Angels with about 180 friends and relatives from his hometown of Barstow, California, among the crowd.
"It got stuck in my suitcase and started to fall," Sanchez said. "Everything happened in a time frame of about 30 seconds." I said "Ow" and my knuckle was super thick. "I launched that day, probably it did not help, but it was the first time that I started pitching as a professional for my family and I wanted to see what I could do."
The 2016 AL champion, Sanchez allowed two runs and two hits in a first 25-pitch first inning that night before being replaced. After a few rehabilitation openings in the minor leagues, he will start a side session in Toronto on Thursday. If all goes well, Sanchez will be activated from the list with 60 days off to open Saturday against Philadelphia.
Sanchez (3-5, 3.52) said that part of the reason he was still talking about the injury was the attention Kansas City catcher Salvador Pérez received for spraying the medial collateral ligament in his left knee while he was carrying a suitcase wore. the stairs in your house just after the opening day. Pérez did not return until 24 April.
"I did not want to say it because I saw that Salvador Pérez had the same injury and he did not want them to laugh," Sánchez said.
This is not the first problem of Sanchez with an injury to his wrong hand. He was on the disability list several times because of blisters and nail problems last season and pitched only 36 innings in eight starts.