Aaron Sanchez has enjoyed a successful spring thus far, and that’s not just based on results.
The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander has allowed three runs over seven innings in his three spring training appearances, walking one and striking out nine. But more importantly, there have been no issues on his throwing hand.
Of course, that concern has dogged Sanchez for nearly a calendar year as he made just eight starts during the 2017 campaign due to blister and hand issues.
The 25-year-old joined the The Jeff Blair Show Friday morning and discussed how a change to his grip of the baseball has helped him reduce friction that leads to blister issues.
“For some reason my thumb was always creeping up on the side of the baseball,” Sanchez told hosts Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. “What [led me] to the realization of that was I was trying to really dissect how much pressure or how much this [middle] finger is using … I was still putting a lot of pressure and that ball was still coming off that middle finger the way that I didn’t want it to, causing that friction, causing that same problem that I was having before.”
Sanchez, who made four trips to the disabled list last season and was eventually shut down with a ligament strain in his right middle finger, said these “bad habits” are now corrected.
“It’s one little simple fix with my thumb coming underneath the baseball and it really fixed a lot of things for me.”