Blue Jays juggle roster ahead of Aaron Sanchez’s return
The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of roster moves following their loss on Tuesday night to the Baltimore Orioles.
With the return of Aaron Sanchez, who had been optioned to single-A Dunedin to manage his innings and provide Toronto with roster flexibility, the Blue Jays have optioned right-handed reliever Bo Schultz.
Also, Bo Schultz has packed his stuff, and as expected, he’ll go down to make room for Sanchez. #BlueJaysArticle continues below ...
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) August 31, 2016
Expect Schultz to return to the Blue Jays when the Buffalo Bisons’ season ends on September 5th.
Sanchez will be making his first start since August 20th, when he lasted just four innings and allowed four runs against the Cleveland Indians. He remains one of baseball’s top starters, however, and a strong September could keep him afloat on the perimeter of the American League Cy Young Award conversation.
Through the final month of the regular season, the Blue Jays will be forced to make a decision on their six-pitcher rotation.
Ryan Goins expected to join #BlueJays tomorrow. Darwin Barney will leave club for personal reasons tomorrow per Gibbons.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) August 31, 2016
This move set social media ablaze for a quick minute on Tuesday night when news broke that Goins had been pulled from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons’ game. There was no reported injury, and with the August 31st waiver trade deadline looming, many wondered if Goins had been included in a minor deal for relief help.
Goins was expected to be part of the Blue Jays’ lineup throughout September, but similar to Schultz, he could be on the outside looking in when Toronto is forced to cut down to their 25-man playoff roster.