Aaron Sanchez’s most recent major injury shines some light on the Blue Jays’ choice to move on

You can add another chapter to the incredible unfortunate injury history of Aaron Sanchez. The former Blue Jay and current Houston Astro was shut down a few weeks ago due to a shoulder issue, but now, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Sanchez’s injury will spill into 2020.

Aaron Sanchez said he had a tear in his shoulder capsule. Julio Urias had a similar injury and surgery in 2017. Sanchez said he will pitch next year, but will definitely not be ready for opening day.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 26, 2019

The last three seasons of Sanchez’s career have been an absolute trainwreck. After his breakout season in 2016, various injuries have made it impossible for Sanchez to pitch consistently. He had his blister issue in 2017 and a continuation of the finger issues persisted in 2018. In 2019, Sanchez was finally healthy, but, due to missing so much time over the course of the previous seasons, his velocity and stamina were down, making him much less effective than in the past.
Sanchez had reportedly been struggling with a nagging shoulder issue and was shut down for the 2019 season in order to get surgery. According to Rome, this surgery will be similar to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs to honour Red Kelly on Friday

Following his unfortunate passing, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be honouring legend Red Kelly in a ceremony this Friday, May 10th.

Join us to honour Leafs legend Red Kelly.
Fans are invited to Legends Row this Friday from 10:00-6:00 to honour Red, reflect on a collection of Maple Leafs and Red Wings photos & memorabilia and sign a condolences book for the Kelly family. pic.twitter.com/ZdV5OcqlPA
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 8, 2019

The Hall-of-Famer passed away Thursday, May 2nd at the age of 91-years-old.
This Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the Leafs will be honouring the hockey giant in a period of reflection at Legends Row in front of Scotiabank Arena.
He spent eight years (1959-1967) playing for the Leafs, after a lengthy history with the Detroit Red Wings for the previous twelve seasons. In his seasons with the Leafs, they won four Stanley Cups together and finished his career as part of the legendary 1967 championship team.
After stints with the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins as a coach, Kelly returned to Toronto in 1973 and coached the team until 1977 — making the playoffs all four years.
His number four jersey is now retired both by the Leafs and the …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Three Questions for the Raptors ahead of Game 2 vs. the Orlando Magic

With an unfortunate Game 1 in the books, we speak to the Orlando Pinstriped Post again about what to expect heading into Game 2 in Toronto. After a mildly traumatizing Game 1 for the Raptors, we spoke to managing editor Mike Cali of the Orlando Pinstriped Post again to hear his take on the series so far against the Magic. And to get his thoughts on Game 2 coming up tonight.

Kyle Lowry doesn’t go scoreless often. Do you anticipate the Magic’s defensive game plan shifting if he makes his shots in game two?

If Kyle Lowry had just made one or two of the open looks he had in Game 1, many of the conversations and tweets since Sunday would be quite different. Magic coach Steve Clifford praised Lowry after the game (in no way sarcastically) for the contributions he made elsewhere and the impact he had on the game even while going scoreless. I think all of Orlando is expecting Lowry to make plenty of shots in Game 2, but either way, the Magic’s defensive game plan is pretty set in stone.
Against a perimeter player like Lowry that means contesting all shots and playing tight body-to-body defense. The Magic didn’ …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ