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So far, so good.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez says all is well with his injured finger and he has his eyes on spring training.
“As far as my finger looks now, everything looks good. It’s healthy and strong so I’m looking forward to next year,” Sanchez told host Mike Hogan on The Scott MacArthur Show on TSN Radio 1050 on Monday.
“It was one of those things where a lot of the stuff was out of my control so I really chose not to sweat it.”
The 25-year-old missed almost the entire 2017 season while battling a blister on his pitching hand and the removal of part of the nail on his index finger. Sanchez made just eight starts and landed on the disabled list four separate times before being officially shut down for the season in September. In 36 innings, he had a record of 1-3 with an ERA of 4.25, just one season after going 15-2 with an ERA of 3.00.
At the end of the season, Sanchez flew to New York City to meet with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham. Graham attributed Sanchez's ongoing issues to a pulley sprain that involves damage to the ligaments in the joint of a finger, most commonly found in rock climbers. The cure? Rest.
Going into the off-season, Sanchez said he wanted to go back to what made him successful in 2016 when he led the American League in ERA.
“It’s just going back to the basics and getting into the swing of things with my delivery, making sure that I’m strong in all the right areas where I need to be... just being able to go out there and move around and take ground balls on the field and throw and do the small things that I didn’t really get a chance to do is just something that I’m looking forward to.”
In addition to preparing for a return to the mound, Sanchez, a client of Scott Boras, is entering his first off-season of arbitration eligibility. But Sanchez isn't focusing on the economics of baseball just yet.
“I’m worried about going out and doing what I did in 2016 and if I’m able to do that and stay in-tune to what I’m supposed to be doing I think all that other stuff comes along.”