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Blue Jays option Aaron Sanchez to the minors to limit his innings

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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 20: Aaron Sanchez #41 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on August 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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In an effort to limit his innings, the Blue Jays have optioned pitcher Aaron Sanchez to Single-A Dunedin, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. Sanchez will be recalled to start on August 31 against the Orioles and the Jays will return to a six-man starting rotation.

Sanchez, 24, has had an outstanding year for the Jays. He’s 12-2 with a 2.99 ERA and a 132/46 K/BB ratio in 156 1/3 innings. Unsurprisingly, he made the American League All-Star roster last month. However, prior to this season, he had never thrown more than 133 1/3 combined innings in his professional career, so the club is understandably concerned with maintaining Sanchez’s durability.

Per Davidi, Jays GM Ross Atkins noted that Sanchez won’t lose service time with the demotion, but will lose a bit of money as he’ll make a minor league salary for his brief time at Single-A. Atkins, however, praised Sanchez’s unselfishness. Unbeknownst to many people, praise is just as acceptable as a form of currency as actual money.

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