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Brian Sanches | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (39) / 8/8/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 197
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Brian Sanches has announced his retirement from baseball.
Sanches, now 35, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 and spent last season with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate. He'll finish his career with a 3.75 ERA over 195 appearances. Wed, Mar 5, 2014 12:58:00 PM

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Royals signed RHP Brian Sanches to a minor league contract.

Sanches made six appearances with the Phillies this season and finished the year with the Astros' Triple-A team. He'll likely struggle to win a roster spot during spring training.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 05:50:00 PM

Phillies released RHP Brian Sanches.

Sanches had a 9.95 ERA in six appearances with the Phillies in May before being outrighted to the minors. His numbers with Triple-A Lehigh Valley were pretty good, so it probably won't take him long to find a new home.
Thu, Aug 2, 2012 06:19:00 PM

Phillies sent RHP Brian Sanches outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

This marks the second time this year that the Phillies have outrighted Sanches to the minors. The 33-year-old right-hander has allowed seven runs on 12 hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings at the big league level this season.
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 01:37:00 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Brian Sanches from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sanches will take the spot of Joe Savery, who was optioned to the minors on Wednesday night after allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Pirates. Sanches will serve as a middle reliever for the Phils.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 08:32:00 AM

Phillies sent RHP Brian Sanches outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sanches gave up five runs in his four innings with the big club. He'll probably get another shot at some point later this season.
Fri, May 11, 2012 02:35:00 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Brian Sanches from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He'll replace the injured David Herndon (elbow) on the active roster. Sanches, 33, had a 3.21 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings at the Triple-A level and owns a 3.58 ERA over parts of six seasons in the big leagues. Look for him in middle relief.
Tue, May 1, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Phillies signed RHP Brian Sanches to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invite to spring training. Sanches, 33, posted a 3.94 ERA and 53/36 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings with the Marlins this season. He'll need to show better command to have any chance of cracking the Opening Day roster.
Wed, Nov 30, 2011 11:54:00 AM

Marlins sent RHP Brian Sanches outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Sanches, 33, posted a decent 3.94 ERA and 53/36 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings this season for the Marlins.
Wed, Oct 5, 2011 05:08:00 PM

Marlins activated RHP Brian Sanches from the 15-day disabled list.

Sanches missed about three weeks with a right elbow strain. He will return to a 3.38 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 02:05:00 PM

Brian Sanches (elbow) is expected to pitch again in 2011.

The Marlins have yet to announce a timetable for his return, but are obviously not overly concerned about his strained pitching elbow. In 58 2/3 innings largely out of Florida's bullpen this season, Sanches has posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 49/33 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Aug 19, 2011 11:55:00 AM

Marlins placed RHP Brian Sanches on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 10, with a right elbow strain.

The severity of the injury is not yet known. Sanches, 33, has mostly pitched in a long relief role this season, posting a 3.38 ERA and 49/33 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings.
Wed, Aug 17, 2011 12:51:00 PM

Brian Sanches will start Wednesday against the Angels.

This will actually be his second start of the season. He previously allowed one run over three innings against the Dodgers back on May 28. Though he is accustomed to pitching multiple innings as a long reliever, he's likely to be on a pitch count. Don't expect much in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Jun 21, 2011 06:32:00 PM

Brian Sanches yielded one run in three innings Saturday against the Dodgers in his spot start.

The Marlins had a bullpen day in Josh Johnson's rotation spot, and they decided to reward Sanches with his first career start after 166 relief appearances. He did a nice job, but he didn't hang around long enough to pick up the win. That went to Edward Mujica.
Sun, May 29, 2011 01:36:00 AM

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is leaning towards going with a bullpen start Saturday rather than calling someone up.

Brian Sanches would likely get the ball first to kick off the parade of relievers against the Dodgers. The Marlins are hoping Josh Johnson will be able to return from the DL next Wednesday to assume the vacant spot in the rotation.
Fri, May 27, 2011 11:02:00 AM

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