Houston Astros: Analyzing the implications of the Aaron Sanchez injury

Houston Astros pitcher Aaron Sanchez (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Aaron Sanchez (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /

Only just over a month after being acquired from Toronto by the Houston Astros, Aaron Sanchez is now down and out for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Trade deadline acquisitions for major league baseball are either a boom or a bust. For the Houston Astros, Aaron Sanchez looks to be a rare bust for them, both figuratively, and now literally.

Just yesterday, the team announced that Sanchez is slated to have surgery on his shoulder next week. Effectively, this will keep him on the injured list for the remainder of the 2019 season. The Houston Chronicle reports that GM Jeff Luhnow could have him do some throwing drills for the remainder of how deep the team gets into the postseason. However, nothing will be known until after the procedure takes place.

Originally, the team put him on the 10-day IL for what was previously described as a problem in his right pectoral. But after a visit with team doctors, it was determined that the root problem exists in his shoulder instead.

Brian McTaggart elaborated further in one of his tweeted articles shortly after the news broke in the afternoon:

Aaron Sanchez only made four total starts for the Astros since coming over for the Blue Jays. In that time, he has posted a less than stellar 4.82 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  To his credit, Sanchez did win two of his four starts and got no-decisions in the others. Nevertheless, it doesn’t help your case when you give up 14 total hits, 10 earned runs and five home runs.

In light of this particular setback, the Houston Astros now find themselves back to square one in

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having an incomplete rotation. True, you only really need your first four starters when it comes to the postseason round. But now, the team has to figure out who to slide in for the remainder of September.

Long relievers like Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski come to mind. Obviously, you don’t really want to put Devo in the role with his recent struggles on the mound. Additionally, Peacock is yet again injured. So by process of elimination, it looks like McHugh would be the odd man out.

Alternatively, Framber Valdez, Cy Sneed, or Cionel Perez could get some extra looks from the September call ups. Each aforementioned pitcher has individual strengths and weaknesses. In spite of the latter, these three can prove to be very beneficial in solidifying another record-breaking postseason.

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We here at HOH wish Aaron Sanchez a speedy and as painless as possible recovery going forward. He may not have dazzled since coming over to Houston, but he has done what he could to put in the work necessary for the team to succeed. And succeed, they will.

For our part, let’s continue to cheer them on to #TakeItBack!