Clearly there’s still a bit of road ahead of him before he actually gets back on the mound in the big leagues, but already there is light at the end of the tunnel for Aaron Sanchez.
The 2016 AL ERA leader is, of course, on the DL for a third time this season, dealing with the aftermath of a long-term blister problem and a fingernail “procedure” to alleviate it that didn’t quite go to plan. After his last attempt to pitch ended in yet another bloody mess, he said he was determined to get the issue completely right, and completely healed. What that meant for his timeline was unclear. Today, finally, almost two weeks after he hit the DL, we’ve got our first touch of clarity:
Aaron Sanchez expected to resume throwing in the next couple of days per Gibbons, possibly Sunday. Finger improving #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 2, 2017
Aaron Sanchez plans to play catch Sunday for the first time since he went on DL. First step toward him getting back on the mound.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) June 2, 2017
Aaron Sanchez should play catch Sunday as his blister is said to have almost completely healed. #BlueJays
— Israel Fehr (@israelfehr) June 2, 2017
That’s not exactly great news — there are still a few steps between beginning to play catch again and him actually suiting up for the Jays (throwing from distance, throwing off a mound, proper side sessions, rehab games, building his arm back up) — but it’s great news.
Progress! The first small steps toward his return!