Aaron Sanchez is staying in the Blue Jays’ rotation.
Back on Monday, the Blue Jays announced that the 24-year-old would be going to the bullpen, saying they didn’t want to burn out the All-Star pitcher.
He’s thrown 139.1 innings this season, a career high.
But now Jays GM Ross Atkins says Sanchez will stay in the rotation, which will be expanded to 6 pitchers, for the foreseeable future.
Atkins says “Input from more people,” including newly acquired starter Francisco Liriano, allowed the team to “think about things differently.”
Sanchez, who is 11-and-1 with a 2.71 ERA this season, also wanted to stay in the rotation.
But even with 6 starting hurlers on the hill, Sanchez could make up to 8 more starts before the end of the regular season.
Listen, I applaud the Jays management for making the right decision and keeping Sanchez in the rotation.
A team’s window of opportunity can close in a flash, and Sanchez as a starter gives Toronto the best chance to win.
And that includes in the post-season.