The Aaron Sanchez Debate Is Over... For Now

Andrew Stoeten
March 28 2016 09:32AM

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Having Aaron Sanchez start the year in the rotation, then move to the bullpen towards the end of the season unquestionably worked out well for the Blue Jays in 2015, though it wasn’t by design.

We learned today that this season he’ll do the same, but absolutely by design.

That is, unless injury or performance issues derail the plan.

Hmm.

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Aaron Sanchez Will Begin The Year In The Blue Jays' Rotation, But Will Eventually Return To The Bullpen

John Lott
March 28 2016 08:26AM

Aaron Sanchez
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Aaron Sanchez will get his wish – for at least part of the season.

“I’m thrilled,” he said after learning that he will open the Blue Jays’ season as a starter. “This is one of the days that I’ve been waiting for.”

But Blue Jays manager John Gibbons also made it clear that the Jays will impose an innings limit on the 23-year-old right-hander. That will likely mean sending him back to the bullpen, where he excelled down the stretch last year, at some point later in the season.

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Spring Threat: Hutchison gets the ball against the Rays

Cam Lewis
March 27 2016 09:32AM

I think the countdown is officially on. Well, it’s been on for me since, like, the beginning of November (yeah, I took a couple of week to decompress before I started scrolling through my calendar and counting days), but we can start our official Opening Day countdown today as the Blue Jays are facing the Rays exactly one week before they open the 2016 season in Tampa Bay. 

Last year’s Opening Day starter, Drew Hutchison, will take the mound in what’s being politely referred to as an audition for the fifth starter role, but as we all know, Hutch is realistically headed to Triple-A Buffalo while Aaron Sanchez and Gavin Floyd compete for the rotation spot. 

Oh yeah, and Happy Easter! Unfortunately, this game isn’t televised, but you can still enjoy the soothing sounds of spring ball on the radio while you hunt for plastic eggs in the comfort of your home. 

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Spring Threat: J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays play the Yankees in Dunedin

Cam Lewis
March 26 2016 10:12AM

It’s Easter weekend, so you know that baseball is right around the corner now. The Blue Jays, led by J.A. Happ will take on the Yankees and Bryan Mitchell today in Dunedin for the final televised Grapefruit game of the spring. After this, the next two televised games will be Friday and Saturday against Boston in Montreal, and then the season gets rolling. 

So, yeah, baseball (real baseball) starts soon! And if a nine inning tie against the Phillies yesterday afternoon didn’t get you excited about that, I don’t know what will. 

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Devon Travis Returns To The Field

John Lott
March 26 2016 09:23AM

Devon Travis
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It has been a long, tough road, but Saturday was a very good day for Devon Travis.

Travis said it better: “It was fricking sick.”

The Blue Jays’ long suffering second baseman played catch effortlessly on flat ground, then fielded ground balls for about 10 minutes. He looked loose and confident.

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