The "upper body soreness" Aaron Sanchez has been suffering has been revealed to be a latissimus dorsi (back) strain, and he has been stored on the 15-day disabled list to allow the Blue Jays to recall Scott Copeland to make at least one more spot start.
Sanchez to DL with latissimus strain (back muscle)— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) June 14, 2015
Aaron Sanchez to DL with lat strain, Scott Copeland up tomorrow.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 14, 2015
Sanchez last pitched on June 5, which means that the placement on the disabled list can be backdated to June 6, giving him the possibility of missing just two starts and returning on June 21. The placement of Sanchez on the DL allows the Blue Jays to recall Copeland, who was optioned less than 10 days ago after his spot start for Sanchez on June 10. Because Copeland has to be called up as the corresponding move to a player being placed on the DL, the Blue Jays were not able to call up an additional bench bat for one game.
Copeland, in that spot start, had a very good outing against the Miami Marlins, giving up just one run in seven innings of six-hit ball, inducing 13 groundballs on the way.
The Blue Jays begin a four-game "home-and-home" with the New York Mets on Monday, playing two games at Citi Field before returning to the Rogers Centre for two more.
- Monday: LHP Mark Buehrle vs RHP Noah Syndergaard
- Tuesday: RHP Scott Copeland vs RHP Matt Harvey
- Wednesday: RHP Drew Hutchison vs LHP Jon Niese
- Thursday: RHP R.A. Dickey vs RHP Bartolo Colon
Copeland has had one professional plate appearance (with the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2013), striking out looking against Jose Urena in a game where the D-Jays lost their DH.