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 Posted: Tue May 2nd, 2017 02:45 am
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Aaron Sanchez's return to the Toronto Blue Jays' rotation lasted all of one inning, as the club placed the 24-year-old right-hander back on the 10-day disabled list Monday, one day after he exited his start against the Tampa Bay Rays with a split nail on his right middle finger after throwing just 13 pitches.

Sanchez, who recently had part of that fingernail removed to alleviate the blister problems that forced him to the DL on April 14, started bleeding shortly after taking the mound at Rogers Centre, and as soon as he returned to the dugout after the top of the first - throwing only fastballs, he managed to navigate a three-up, three-down inning - he slammed his glove down in frustration and headed to the clubhouse. Ryan Tepera took over on the mound in the top of the second.

"I wouldn't have been out there if I (thought) it was something that would happen," Sanchez told's Gregor Chisholm following his abbreviated outing. "We really didn't know going into today it was going to be an issue. I think, once you get into game mode, game speed, pressure on that nail starts to disperse in certain areas and maybe it wasn't strong enough because it was cut. Honestly, we don't know. We'll go from here."

With an off-day Thursday, though, the Blue Jays could conceivably skip Sanchez's upcoming turn in the rotation, meaning the embattled All-Star may miss only one start if his nail heals quickly.

"It's still frustrating, but I did everything I was supposed to do and everything I've done before to be ready for this start," Sanchez said. "It was just one of those things where you don't even think about the nail splitting in a different direction. It's just something that occurred and now that it occurred we handle it and we move on."

Including Sunday's one-inning outing, Sanchez owns a 4.05 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through three starts in 2017, striking out 10 while surrendering three home runs in 13 1/3 innings. The Blue Jays have recalled right-handed reliever Danny Barnes from Triple-A Buffalo to take his spot on the 25-man roster.