Aaron Sanchez, who has missed over two months of baseball after injuring his finger on a suitcase, needed to be reinstated for his start today against the Phillies.
To make room for Sanchez, Jaime García has been DFA’d.
García was signed as a free agent in the off season to a one year, $8 million dollar contract, with a $10 million team option for next year (or a $2 million buyout). I think we were mostly pleased with the signing.
In his first three outings of the season, García looked like the pitcher we were expecting. 5 innings of 3 run ball, plus extraordinarily groomed facial hair. Things quickly fell apart after that, and he ended up on the DL twice with crappy arm disease.
He has been pitching out of the bullpen since his return on July 15th, even though the Blue Jays have desperately needed starters during that stretch. García has been pretty decent there, putting up zeroes in 10 of his 12 outings. I wonder if the Blue Jays can find a trade partner for him.
Aaron Sanchez has pitched in three less than inspiring rehab outings, so it will be interesting to see how he does today. A bounce back from Sanchez through the remainder of the season would be very meaningful to this team.
Best of luck, Jaíme and welcome back, Aaron!