Sanchez only made eight appearances for the team in 2017 due to blister and finger issues but if Wednesday’s performance is a sign of things to come then Blue Jays fans could be left smiling.
“It was kind of encouraging,” Gibbons told Bob McCown and John Shannon Wednesday on Prime Time Sports. “[Sanchez] looked really, really good.”
Gibbons explained that he thinks the 25-year-old can have a bounce-back 2018.
“The medical people feel good about it too,” Gibbons said. “I’m confident. I think everyone is. He is. … He has battled [finger issues] in the past and got over it [but] couldn’t do that last year.”
The Blue Jays failed to qualify for the post-season last year after reaching the ALCS in each of the previous two campaigns. Sanchez’s absence was a key contributing factor.
“He proved himself the year before. You can’t lose guys like that,” Gibbons added. “He’s a key guy. He can make a difference for us this year.”