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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