For now, all is well in Blue Jays Nation.
That plan Toronto entered the season with to transition Aaron Sanchez from starter to reliever as a way of limiting his innings and preventing potential arm injury (although there is no scientific proof that works) while maximizing his talents is on hold for now.
Jays GM Ross Atkins told Toronto media Thursday the team will use a six-man rotation and monitor Sanchez start to start, making a decision on what to do down the road with input from the 24-year-old all-star.
How’s that for an audible?
As recent as Tuesday, the plan to move Sanchez was still in effect regardless of the fact he’s become a Cy Young Award candidate. Then manager John Gibbons made waves Wednesday by contradicting his boss in the press.
Guess, the need to win now trumps the future. And that’s the right call. Protecting the 24-year-old potential No. 1 seemed like a sensible idea, until Sanchez became the ace of the present. Sanchez is 11-1, has gone 17 starts without a loss and leads the league in ERA.
Nice to see the Jays think like a contender.