Aaron Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list once again with a finger issue on his pitching hand. It's the third time so far this season that Sanchez has landed on the DL.
Sanchez had a procedure done to remove part of the nail on the middle finger on his pitching hand on April 17. He returned to action on April 30, only to be removed after just one inning of work in which he threw 13 pitches and was subsequently placed back on the DL.
In his next start on May 14, Sanchez was sharp allowing one run over five innings of work, but appeared to have blood on his uniform.
After throwing six innings Friday night in a loss to the Orioles, Sanchez complained of pain.
Manager John Gibbons said Saturday that it wasn't the nail that is to blame for Sanchez's most recent trip to the DL, but rather a blister on the same hand that gave him trouble early in the season.
The Blue Jays did however get some good news – catcher Russell Martin was activated from the DL. He has been battling a nerve issue in his left shoulder and has been out since May 8.
The Jays will get Kevin Pillar back on Saturday night, who was serving a two game suspension for making a homophobic slur.
Toronto also called up reliever Cesar Valdez, who was claimed by the Blue Jays about two weeks ago off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.
In corresponding moves, the Blue Jays have designated catcher Mike Ohlman for assignment and optioned outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple A Buffalo.
The 18-25 Blue Jays will take on the Baltimore Orioles Saturday night. Mike Bolsinger will take the hill for Toronto, while Kevin Gaussman will counter for the Orioles.