Aaron Sanchez has made just 15 starts this season. He was placed on the disabled list back in late June with a finger injury. Given the fact his entire 2017 went in the gutter due to a blister and other blister-related injuries, it seemed that this was just an extension of the same thing.
But that wasn’t it. According to ESPN, Sanchez actually injured himself when his finger got stuck in a falling suitcase.
“It got stuck in my suitcase and it started falling,” Sanchez said. “It all happened in a span of about 30 seconds. I said `Ow,’ and my knuckle got super fat. I pitched that day, probably didn’t help, but it was the first time I was going to pitch in front of my family as a professional, and I wanted to see what I could do.”
This happened the day Sanchez was set to pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in front of a bunch of family and friends. Since he had a big group in the crowd, he didn’t want to pull himself from the game. Sanchez would go on to toss just one inning of work. He’s been on the disabled list since.
Sanchez would go on to say that he kept quiet about the suitcase issue because Sal Perez had a similar thing happen in spring and he didn’t want to become the pit of everyone’s joke.
“I didn’t want to say it then because I saw Salvador Perez go down with the same injury, and I didn’t want to get laughed at,” Sanchez said.
I, uh, okay. Yeah. Okay. I’m not really sure what to do with the news. I think, maybe, that this is a good thing? I mean, at the very least, this isn’t just the same issue that sprung out of the Blister of Death last year. I would rather have a player get injured because of some absurd, freak accident like this one than be injured due to some recurring issue.
Nevertheless, Sanchez says he’ll be ready to pitch on Saturday. At this point, given the fact he’s made only 23 starts over the past few seasons, the Jays need to give Sanchez a pair of, like, scuba gloves that he can wear around when not pitching to avoid these kinds of disasters.