The Blue Jays injury news keeps trickling in. This afternoon, Shi Davidi reports that Aaron Sanchez underwent a minor procedure, and that J.A. Happ has been placed on the disabled list.
Aaron Sanchez underwent a minor procedure to remove part of fingernail aimed at alleviating blister issues. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 18, 2017
It is still not clear how long Sanchez will be sidelined with his blister issue. A blister sounds like a relatively minor problem, but it can have a long-lasting impact (see: Rich Hill). There is still no timetable for Sanchez’s return.
As Jon Morosi reported earlier today, Happ is dealing with elbow inflammation. That is better news than something like forearm tightness. However, like Sanchez, Happ’s timetable is also unknown. As Davidi points out, the Jays will still need to call up a couple of starters for the weekend series in Anaheim.
Joining the team is Ty Kelly. The outfielder/third baseman presents a similar skill-set to Chris Coghlan. Kelly had a promising rookie campaign in 2016 with the Mets, as he posted a .251/.352/.345 slash line with plus defence. He and Coghlan appear to be in competition with one another. However, it is also possible that the pair could cover 3B and LF during Josh Donaldson‘s absence. Justin Smoak is still hitting relatively well, and Steve Pearce is not. As such, the team might be willing to allot some of Pearce’s plate appearances elsewhere, especially as the offence continues to slump.