Toronto entered play Tuesday against the Red Sox with a 2-10 record, the worst mark in the major leagues.
The Toronto Blue Jays placed left-hander J.A. Happ on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with left elbow inflammation.
He had a rough Spring Training as well (6.75 ERA in 14 2/3 innings) but has been charged with just one earned run through his first nine frames in Buffalo and represents the most experienced depth option the Jays possess.
The Blue Jays' slump dropped them further in the Bleacher Report power rankings. Toronto will have to turn the likes of Casey Lawrence, Mat Latos or T.J. House in the absence of Happ and Sanchez. He is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.125 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 16.0 innings. Aside from being a 34-year-old catcher, he still has two years and $40 million remaining on his deal after this season.
An important note on Latos is that he has an opt-out later in the season that he can choose to take if an opportunity does not arise with Blue Jays.
It remains to be seen what roles the two players will have after their spot starts but if Happ or Sanchez's injuries persist for an extended period of time, John Gibbons and the staff will have to make a decision on who to keep in the rotation.
Lawrence, also 29, logged a 4.17 ERA with 6.0 K/9 against 2.1 BB/9 in 162 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season.
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