Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez finally admits suitcase caused finger injury
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez finally has come clean on what caused a bruised right index finger that has sidelined him since June: A suitcase.
Sanchez, currently on the 60-day DL and on a minor-league rehab assignment, admitted on Wednesday that the injury suffered on June 21 occurred when his finger got caught in a falling suitcase.
Sanchez was set to pitch that night against the Los Angeles Angles in front of approximately 180 friends and family from his hometown of Barstow, Calif. The right-hander elected to pitch, something he now regrets.
”It got stuck in my suitcase and it started falling,” Sanchez said, via Yahoo. ”It all happened in a span of about 30 seconds. I said ‘Ow,’ and my knuckle got super fat. I pitched that day, probably didn’t help, but it was the first time I was going to pitch in front of my family as a professional and I wanted to see what I could do.”
Sanchez acknowledged on Wednesday the reluctance to disclose the true nature of his injury stemmed from the reaction to Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez suffering a knee injury when carrying a suitcase.
“‘I didn’t want to say it then because I saw Salvador Perez go down with the same injury and I didn’t want to get laughed at,” Sanchez said.
Embarrassment aside, Sanchez appears close to returning to the big leagues. If all goes well this week while throwing a side session in Toronto, the Blue Jays will activate him off the disabled list and he could start Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
There of course are no shortage of instances where major leaguers have suffered bizarre injuries involving seemingly mundane activities that have nothing to do with playing baseball. Just ask Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow.
With all that in mind, perhaps in the short term Sanchez should let someone else handle any and all baggage-related activities. Just to be safe.