Blue Jays’ Sanchez on DL again with blister problem

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, July 14, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

CLEVELAND (AP) Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez has been placed on the disabled list for the fourth time this season because of a blister problem.

Sanchez was removed from his start against Boston on Wednesday because of a recurrence of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He was examined by a hand specialist Friday in Cleveland, and there is no timetable for Sanchez’s return

”There is no magic solution,” he said Saturday. ”It’s at a point where we have to ride this thing out. We just have to let it heal.”

Sanchez is 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA in eight starts. Sanchez was 15-2 with an AL-best 3.00 ERA last season and made the All-Star team.

Sanchez doesn’t know when he’ll throw off a mound again.

”The trainers said I can still toss, so that’s good, but just don’t do anything crazy,” he said.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said left-hander Francisco Liriano, who lasted 1 2/3 innings Thursday, will start on short rest Monday against Oakland. Right-hander Cesar Valdez will start Tuesday if he isn’t needed in the bullpen this weekend.

Right-hander Joe Smith (sore shoulder) was activated from the DL and right-hander Chris Smith was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Left-hander Jeff Beliveau, who allowed six runs and didn’t retire a batter in the seventh inning Friday, was designated for assignment.

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