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Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 7/1/1992 | Birthplace: Barstow, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 34/2 | Average Draft Position: 216.07
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Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez throws off mound on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Blue Jays young right-hander Aaron Sanchez sucessfully threw off of a mound on Wednesday in Dunedin. It's the first time he has done such since landing on the disabled list early in June with a strained lat muscle. 

No issues were reported, according to SportsNet, and he's expected to have another mound session on Saturday before the next steps in his recovery are determined.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez inching closer to return, role uncertain


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is on the mend and is close to returning from a strained lat muscle that has had him on the disabled list since June 5. Sanchez threw off flat ground on Monday, and is expected to throw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Saturday. 

But the question of his role upon his return remains in question. Will he rejoin the rotation, or will he be sent to the bullpen?

"I really loved what he was doing when he was starting," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "He was picking up steam, he was moving the right direction, he was really turning into a dominant pitcher. But this setback, it could be a one-time thing we think, and now we have to build him up.

"We've also looked at the 'pen, we have to make it stronger. We like the way it's starting to set up, but you can always make it stronger, and he's a guy we definitely think can do that."

Sanchez owns a 3.55 ERA through his first 11 starts this year. He was particularly strong in his last four starts, with a 2.57 ERA over 28 innings of work. 


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez set to throw bullpen session Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (lat strain) was able to long-toss Monday and felt fine, manager John Gibbons said. He is set to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Aaron Sanchez to throw off mound for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez will throw off a mound next week, manager John Gibbons said on Saturday. 

Sanchez is on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain. He will throw off the mound on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday per Sports Net and TSN Radio. 

Gibbons said that Sanchez would need to make rehab starts before returning to the Jays.  


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez makes 25 throws from 60 feet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez said he made 25 throws from 60 feet on Monday and reported feeling pain-free. He added he is making good progress recovering from a lat strain.

The Blue Jays are using Thursday's off-day to skip Scott Copeland's turn in the rotation. The Blue Jays won't need a fifth starter until June 30, but it is unlikely Sanchez will be ready to make that start.

Sanchez said he wasn't sure what the next step in his rehab would be following Monday's throwing session.

"It just kind of lingered around, didn't really feel anything coming off the mound," Sanchez said of the original injury, per MLB.com. "The next couple of days, the soreness I had just wasn't going away.

"I thought it was just regular normal soreness that I've always had that lingered around. When I started playing catch, it was coming back. It's one of those things where I felt like not playing catch was helping it."


Aaron Sanchez to throw for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said that injured pitcher Aaron Sanchez would meet the team in Florida and throw for the team on Monday.

Sanchez is on the 15-day disabled list with a lat injury. Walker implied that it would be the first time that Sanchez threw with intensity since suffering the injury, per the National Post.

'This [injury] snuck up on him a little bit, and we're being cautious," Walker said. "He feels great, right now, so we're anticipating getting him back relatively soon. We'll stay on top of it in the second half of the season, but we expect him to be really good for us."


Blue Jays' Sanchez not ready to return, Copeland to start Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (lat) is feeling beeter Thursday, but he is not ready to return to the rotation. Scott Copeland will start Sunday against the Orioles.

Sanchez, who is on the 15-day disabled list, has yet to resume throwing.


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez diagnosed with mild lat strain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) An MRI revealed Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez has a mild lat strain, manager John Gibbons said Monday. However, Gibbons did not have a timetable for Sanchez's return.

Sanchez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, hasn't made a start since June 5.


Blue Jays place Aaron Sanchez on DL


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) The Blue Jays placed pitcher Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list Sunday, reports TSN.ca. The move will be made retroactive to June 6.

Sanchez missed his last start because of a lat strain. He is 5-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 starts this season.

"It's just the right move, smart move," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com. Gibbons added that he hopes Sanchez ends up missing just the minimum 15 days.


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez still questionable for Tuesday start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) The Blue Jays have not confirmed if right-hander Aaron Sanchez will in fact make his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets. Sanchez was forced to miss his previous start due to upper-body soreness.

That same soreness could keep him from starting on Tuesday, though no decision has been made at this point, according to SportsNet.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez having next start pushed back


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez will have Wednesday's start pushed back to next Tuesday at the Mets, manager John Gibbons said, reports Sportsnet.ca.

Sanchez was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Marlins, but Gibbons said he is dealing with body soreness. Scott Copeland will receive the start instead.

"He's a hardworking guy when he's out there -- there's zero finesse to him," Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "He's chopping up some innings, went the into the ninth the other day. He's got a little fatigue. Figured we can't afford to lose him, so back him off a start. He'll be good to go the next go-around."

Sanchez is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last four starts.


Reports: Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez having next start pushed back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez is having his next scheduled start pushed back, according to TSN.ca and Sportsnet.ca. 

Sanchez was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Marlins. Scott Copeland is expected to make that start. Sanchez's next start is now scheduled for next Tuesday against the Mets.

The rookie right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last four starts.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez moves to 5-4 with win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez won his second straight decision, over Houston on Friday, to move to 5-4 on the season. 

Sanchez has cut his ERA from 4.26 to 3.55 over his last four starts. 

On Friday, Sanchez allowed two runs, one earned, over eight innings. He gave up six hits, didn't walk a batter, and struck out three. 

"He keeps getting better and better every time he goes out there," manager John Gibbons said

Sanchez's next start will be Wednesday, against Miami. 


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez allows two runs in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Twins. The young right-hander pitched well, limiting the Twins to just two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five, as his ERA dropped to 3.88.

Sanchez served up a solo home run to Chris Herrmann in the third inning, and then gave up a run-scoring double to Trevor Plouffe in the fourth. 

"I felt like I was out there battling today," Sanchez said to MLB.com. "A little upset I got beat twice on offspeed [pitches]. I thought Russ [Martin] did a really good job behind the dish, sticking with the gameplan, was tremendous behind the dish throwing runners out. That's what helped me out a lot, just a tough one today."

After a rough beginning to the season, Sanchez has now tossed three straight quality starts for the Blue Jays. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Friday at home against the Astros.


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez stifles Mariners in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Rookie starter Aaron Sanchez ended a two-game slide, pitching 6 2/3 solid innings of work as the Blue Jays beat the Mariners 8-2 on Sunday. 

Sanchez, who improved to 4-4 on the season, scattered seven hits but allowed just two runs to help Toronto avert a sweep. He struck out four and walked just two. Sanchez pitched into the seventh inning for his second straight start and dropped his ERA to 3.98. 

"He's settling in," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's got the appearance of starting to figure this out."

Gibbons believes he will hold onto his rotation spot, according to MLB.com.

"It wasn't like it was an automatic thing that was going to happen, because a lot of us felt, too, that in time he was going to pick it up, anyway. He should, he's too good, too talented. Yeah, I think you can probably eliminate that right now," Gibbons said.


Aaron Sanchez evens record in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez evened his record at 4-4 and snapped a personal two-game losing streak by beating Seattle on Sunday.

Sanchez allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two, allowing one home run. 

Sanchez will start next Saturday, at Minnesota. 


Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez allows three runs in loss Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez allowed three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work in Toronto's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

Sanchez had trouble in the fourth when he allowed a solo home run to Kole Calhoun. He worked out of the inning by finishing things off with a strikeout, one of his five in the game. Then in the eighth, Sanchez put two men on before getting pulled. One of the runners would score on a sacrifice fly by David Freese.

Sanchez, now 3-4, moved his ERA to 4.17 in 45 1/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Mariners.


Blue Jays shuffle rotation, name Todd Redmond Monday starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Blue Jays will start pitcher Todd Redmond in Monday's game against the Angels, Sportsnet reports.

Redmond struggled in two relief appearances in mid-April, giving up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking five. He's made one start and three relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo, posting a 4.50 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.

With the change, the team is bumping back the rest of the rotation a day, with Monday's originally-scheduled starter, Aaron Sanchez, moving to Tuesday. Drew Hutchison and R.A. Dickey will pitch Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez allows five runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez took the loss Wednesday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Orioles.

Sanchez (3-3) was roughed up in the second inning, walking the first two batters of the frame and then giving up three doubles and a single to bring five runs home before he could record the third out. He made it through the rest of the outing without issue but wasn't picked up by his offense.

"I felt like I had good command of my changeup," Sanchez said, per MLB.com. "My curveball wasn't really where I wanted it. Fastball command was better, but like I said, I'll take the good from this start, move on and be ready for my next start."

Sanchez owns a 4.26 ERA and 25:29 K:BB ratio in 38 innings. He's scheduled to face the Angels on Monday.


Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez throws seven scoreless IP for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (3-2) gave up no runs and just two singles in seven innings of work Friday to take the win against the Red Sox.

"I was trying to get as many outs as I possibly could until they came and grabbed the ball," Sanchez said. "The walks are the biggest thing from start one to start six, but I had a better feel for everything more so than I did in Boston. I attacked the hitters."

Sanchez threw 108 pitches in the longest outing of his career.

"He was as strong as we've seen all year," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Sanchez's next start is scheduled for Wednesday in Baltimore.


Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez pitches poorly in win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Several days after reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving him to the bullpen, right-hander Aaron Sanchez beat the Indians on Saturday.

But it was not the kind of performance that would change their minds.

Sanchez benefitted from a prolific Toronto offense and anemic Indians bats with runners on base. He surrendered two runs on four hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings, leaving in the sixth with the bases loaded.

John Gibbons wasn't down on Sanchez after the game.

"He got a lot of ground balls today," he told MLB.com. "...When guys are on base, he's able to get out of some innings like that. These last few starts, he's been pretty effective but he's walked a lot of guys too. Over time, that's not going to work, so he's get to get in the zone better."

Sanchez faced 26 batters in less than six innings, but still raised his record to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 4.62. If he remains in the rotation, he will start again Friday against Boston.


Gibbons: Blue Jays have discussed moving Aaron Sanchez to 'pen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Blue Jays have discussed moving Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen, manager John Gibbons said Tuesday, per Sportsnet.ca. However, Gibbons added, "We talk about a lot of things."

The 22-year-old Sanchez is 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.68 WHIP through four starts.

Sanchez was in the running for the closer's role this spring before being moved to the rotation in the wake of Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury.

The Blue Jays haven't had consistency in the closer's role this season. Brett Cecil opened as the closer before being quickly replaced by rookie Miguel Castro. Cecil was elevated back to the closer's role Tuesday, as Castro is now struggling.


Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez takes no-decision on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings to take a no-decision Monday against the Red Sox.

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval did the damage off Sanchez, delivering a two-run single in the first inning and adding a solo homer in the fourth.

"It's frustrating, they score three and I give them two right back in the first," Sanchez said.

Sandoval would leave the game with a neck injury.

Sanchez's next start is set for Saturday in Cleveland.


Blue Jays P Aaron Sanchez walks 7, does enough to get win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez had a mixed performance in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Orioles. 

On one hand, Sanchez only allowed two earned runs on two hits while striking out four batters. However, Sanchez walked seven batters in 5 1/3 innings pitched. The runs scored against Sanchez came on a two-run homer from Jimmy Paredes in the third inning. 

“It was a battle for him, especially early,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, via the National Post. “You look up there and he’s thrown more balls than strikes. But after that he kicked it in a little bit.”

Sanchez was able to get his first win of the year and is now 1-2. He holds an ERA of 5.14. 

Sanchez's next start is projected for April 27 against the Red Sox. 


Blue Jays' Gibbons not worried about rookie Aaron Sanchez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez isn't off to a great start this season, going 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA through two starts. Yet, manager John Gibbons isn't ready to hit the panic button with the highly touted prospect.

“Sanchie is going to be fine," Gibbons said, per Sportsnet.ca. "First time starting in the big-leagues, he’s been a starter his whole career, he was in relief last year, let him get his feet wet, let him get comfortable through it all, and he’s going to be fine.”

Sanchez reached 97 mph on the radar gun six times Thursday against the Rays and hit 96 mph twice. 

“Mechanics isn’t an issue with me, it’s about making sure everything stays over the plate,” Sanchez said. “With the type of stuff I have, I’ve just got to be around the box, and I felt like I was tonight, more than I was in the first start.”