Blue Jays activate Stroman, call up Mayza; Sanchez, Garcia to DL

 The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a right index finger contusion. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a right index finger contusion. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Removed from Thursday's game after throwing only one inning, right-handed starter Aaron Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right index finger contusion.

Claiming Sanchez's spot on the 25-man roster, fellow right-hander Marcus Stroman has been activated and will start Saturday's tilt against the Angels in Anaheim.

LHP Jaime Garcia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Lefty reliever Tim Mayza has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo and was active for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Through 15 starts in 2018, Sanchez has amassed an overall ERA of 4.52 while striking out 67 batters and allowing eight home runs across 79 2/3 innings. 

After blister issues limited the 2016 ERA champ to just 36 frames in 2017, Sanchez has struggled to find consistency on this hill this season. General command issues and high pitch counts have led to inflated vitals, none more ominous than a walk total that reached 45 batters prior to his exit off the active roster. For context, Sanchez's previous season high in free passes was established in 2016 when the California native issued 63 over 192 innings.

Prior to being forced off the roster with right shoulder fatigue in early May, Stroman had posted a WHIP of 1.714 while allowing opponents to slash .299/.368/.455 across 176 combined plate appearances.

Having set single-season bests in wins (13), starts (33) and ERA (3.09) in 2017, Stroman will look for a return to form in his second tour of duty with the squad this season.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.