By: Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
After six outings in the previous 11 days, the Blue Jays decided to rest reliever Aaron Sanchez Wednesday night. And then Sanchez, with perhaps some guidance from high up above the Blue Jays ivory tower, decided to drop his appeal on his three-game suspension for hitting Kansas City Royals’ Alcidies Escobar Sunday after plate ump Jim Wolf had issued warnings to both benches.
So besides Wednesday, Sanchez will wear the suspenders and sit in the time-out seat for the finale of the Twins series and the opener of the weekend series at Yankee Stadium.
Since returning from triple-A Buffalo and being re-born as a reliever, Sanchez has pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing one run on one hit, while fanning five and holding opponents to an .056 batting average.
Gibbons sat in a skybox with Herb Solway, the man who brought the American League franchise to the city, along with Paul Godfrey and Don McDougall on Tuesday to watch Marco Estrada, serving his one-game suspension.
“It took me back to my younger days, going to a big-league stadium with my father,” said Gibbons, “things move a lot slower when you are up there.”
Hey, aren’t you: Former Blue Jays catcher Darrin Fletcher, in town for the Honda Super Camps, reports his son Casey is playing for the Joliet Slammers in the independent Frontier League. The former University of Illinois Fighting Illini outfielder has two doubles, two homers and nine RBIs.
Casey is a fourth generation pro player: his great grandpa Glenn, a right-hander reached triple-A, his grand father Tom Fletcher, a lefty, pitched in one game with the Detroit Tigers and pop Darrin caught 14 years in the majors, including from 1998-to-2002 with the Blue Jays.
As Fletcher explained his family tree LaTroy Hawkins, the Jays new reliever, walked by.
“Excuse me,” said the bearded Fletcher, “I have to introduce my self. I came over to Toronto in 1998 and was 0-for-18 on our first home stand and the second time up in Minneapolis I got my first hit off you ... thanks, brother.”
Hawkins asked: “Did I get you well? Did you take me deep?”
Fletcher answered: “Nah, a 98-hopper up the middle.”
Walking wounded: Michael Saunders, who had surgery following a meniscus tear in his left knee in could rejoin the Jays as a September call-up Gibbons said. “You’re not gonna see him in a starting-type role, but you might see him come off the bench,” he said. “For him to get him back would be important.” Saunders is on the DL with left knee inflammation ... There isn’t a timetable yet for 2B Devon Travis, on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on July 31, to return. Travis was sidelined by the same injury for almost six weeks earlier this season. He was placed on the DL retroactive to July 29 and is eligible to be activated after 15 days.
Dalton update: Gibbons also said Mississauga outfielder Dalton Pompey, who was in centre field opening day and is now at triple-A Buffalo, “can help this team win” when discussing call-ups for next month.
“Dalton’s still a big part of the future of this team.”