Blue Jays RHP Sanchez undergoes finger surgery


Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez and infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. are both done for the season, the team announced Tuesday.

Sanchez underwent surgery on his right index finger, while Gurriel strained his left hamstring during Monday’s loss to the Houston Astros.

Sanchez has experienced issues with the finger since injuring it on June 21 when the finger got caught in a falling suitcase just hours before he pitched against the Los Angeles Angels. He missed just over two months before returning.

“I know it affected him, I saw it,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters. “They make a living with their fingers, those pitchers. When they’re that tender every time you grip a ball and let it go, it’s just constant.”

The 26-year-old Sanchez was 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA in 20 starts this season. The 2016 All-Star is 29-19 with a 3.44 ERA in 123 career appearances (69 starts).

Gurriel batted .281 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 65 games.

The 24-year-old set a franchise record of 11 straight games with two or more hits in July.

He missed the next three-plus weeks due to left ankle and left knee injuries and went 1-for-4 in his return against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 24 to fall two shy of the record set by Rogers Hornsby in 1923.

–Field Level Media


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