Sanchez drops appeal, begins 3-game suspension

Blue Jays reliever eligible to return Saturday vs. Yankees

Sanchez drops appeal, begins 3-game suspension

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez dropped his appeal and began his three-game suspension Wednesday before the 9-7 win over the Twins at Rogers Centre. He'll be able to return to the Blue Jays' bullpen Saturday in New York against the Yankees.

The righty reliever was ejected from Sunday's game against the Royals for throwing at Alcides Escobar in the eighth inning. The league issued the suspension and an undisclosed fine on Tuesday.

Manager John Gibbons was also suspended following Sunday's contentious affair. Gibbons, who'd been ejected earlier in the contest, came back out onto the field when the Toronto and Kansas City benches cleared during a brief fracas after Sanchez plunked Escobar. Gibbons served a one-game ban on Tuesday.

Gibbons said earlier in the day that getting the Sanchez suspension out of the way now could be a better option than risking losing an appeal since the team currently has an eight-man bullpen, which could be reduced to seven players soon.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.