Blue Jays swept out of Los Angeles after frustrating stretch

Hoping to build off a solid set against Oakland at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays (14-17) headed west to face off against Mike Trout and the Angels (15-17) in a midweek series in Anaheim. Unfortunately for them, they were embarrassed throughout the majority of the series and left town with a trio of losses.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from a disappointing week in California:
The Good
Relievers Daniel Hudson (1.0 IP, 0 ER, H), Elvis Luciano (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO), and Ken Giles (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO) were sound on the mound, while Joe Biagini (1.0 IP, SO, 0 H, 0 R) continued to throw the ball well.
On the offensive side of things, Rowdy Tellez (4-for-7, HR, RBI, 2B) contributed valiantly, with Randal Grichuk (3-for-8, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) also getting in on the action
Clay Buchholz (5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) was decent in his outing, though the starting pitchers as a unit were not dependable enough throughout.
The Bad
Teoscar Hernandez (0-for-7, 3 SO, 0 TB) had a dreadful series, as did Brandon Drury (1-for-8, 2B, 5 SO), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (0-for-4, 2 SO), and Freddy Galvis (0-for-9, 4 SO, 0 TB). Billy McKinney (0-for-5, 2 SO, 0 TB) also scuffled in limited …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Navigating the injuries to the starting rotation

The Blue Jays’ sweep of the Oakland Athletics over the weekend was overshadowed by the fact two of their starting pitchers went down with injuries.

In 2012-esque fashion when Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison had their seasons ended within days of one another, Matt Shoemaker was shut down for the year with a torn ACL and Aaron Sanchez’s finger issues flares up again. We don’t yet know the severity of Sanchez’s broken middle fingernail, but, given the way things have gone for him the past two seasons, there’s some reason for worry.

Charlie Montoyo hopeful Aaron Sanchez won’t miss a start #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2019

In the short term, Clay Buchholz and Trent Thornton are slated to start Tuesday and Wednesday against San Fransisco. The Jays then have an off-day on Thursday before a three-game weekend series against Oakland. Marcus Stroman would be scheduled for the Friday game, then Saturday and Sunday are Shoemaker and Sanchez’s turns in the rotation. The Jays have three off days coming up in the next week, so they could feasibly use Thomas Pannone and Sam Gaviglio on those two days, giving Sanchez a full week off to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Ugh, Aaron Sanchez is dealing with finger issues again

The Blue Jays hung on to beat Oakland 5-4 this afternoon, completing their first sweep of the season. Unfortunately, the win was overshadowed as yet another pitcher left the game with an injury. Party like it’s 2012!

Aaron Sanchez left the game with a broken fingernail on his right middle finger #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2019

Some Sanchez stuff in here from last September. A reminder in it: Sanchez had a procedure to have some of the same nail as is now broke removed in 2017, and it was compensating for not having the nail that led to a season-ending finger ligament injury.
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) April 21, 2019

Yikes. The exact thing we didn’t want to hear when Sanchez left the game. Sanchez, as we know, has dealt with finger issues for the last two seasons.
Other notes from today’s game…
Beyond Sanchez getting hurt, Freddy Galvis was also removed with two outs in the ninth inning after he hurt himself diving for a ground ball up the middle. Galvis stayed in for a couple of batters, but he was noticeably nursing the back of his leg. Charlie Montoyo brought Richard Urena in as …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation