Jays’ Aaron Sanchez Snubbed for All-Star Game Nod
Aaron Sanchez didn’t get any California love, but Marco Estrada celebrated his birthday in style.
Despite bolstering his record to 9-1 with his 14th quality start of the season Monday night against the Royals in front of American League manager Ned Yost, it wasn’t enough for Sanchez, a 24-year-old native of Barstow, Calif., to get the call for the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday a few hours up the coast at Petco Park in San Diego.
Estrada, who turned 33 on Tuesday, got his first invite to the annual showcase. While his status in the mid-summer classic remains up in the air — he is dealing with back soreness necessitating cortisone shots earlier this week and his scheduled start on Thursday at home to the Tigers is also in question — the Jays reliever-turned dominant starter couldn’t be more thrilled about the chance to make his all-star debut.
“It’s been a little bit of a roller-coaster ride, I guess,” Estrada said of his career.