Aaron Sanchez leaves start early with fingernail issue

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Aaron Sanchez only threw four innings on Sunday afternoon thanks to a fingernail injury. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Aaron Sanchez only threw four innings on Sunday afternoon thanks to a fingernail injury. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

“Here we go again.”

That’s the sentiment likely running through the heads of most Toronto Blue Jays fans at the sight of Aaron Sanchez leaving a start early after looking down at his hand in between pitches.

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Sanchez left Sunday’s start against the Oakland Athletics after four innings, despite throwing just 59 pitches and giving up a single run. It seemed a bit odd, until the ‘exactly what you think it is’ news came down.

The team announced that he was pulled after suffering a broken right fingernail on his right middle finger, a phrase that is all too familiar to fans. Blister and fingernail issues have plagued Sanchez in recent seasons, as part of the barrage of small misfortunes that limited him to eight starts in 2017 and 20 last year.

It’s an unfortunate break for Sanchez who has looked revitalized in the early going in 2019. The 26-year old came into the game with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings over his first four starts.

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