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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) was knocked around for eight runs over 3 2/3 innings Monday in a rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Ouch. Sanchez allowed eight hits -- including two homers -- while walking three and striking out five. He got stretched out to 69 pitches. Sanchez has been out for over a month after straining his right hamstring during pre-game warm-ups. The Braves have been aiming for a possible return to start one of the games in a doubleheader against the Mets on May 28, but it's unclear if Monday's poor showing will change that plan. Either way, he's likely to function primarily as a long reliever upon his return. May 22 - 9:38 AM

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Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) could be activated for the Braves' doubleheader against the Mets on May 28.

Sanchez will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday before heading to Florida to pitch in extended spring training. The right-hander is still in limbo as the Braves don't really have a spot for him in their starting rotation. He may make a spot start here and there, but at this point, the Braves likely view him as a long reliever.
May 17 - 8:01 PM

Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) is slated for another bullpen session on Friday.

He's expected to make a couple of starts in extended spring training while the Braves figure out how to use him. Sanchez seems to be over his hamstring injury but the Braves don't have a spot for him in their starting rotation. Beat writer David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes he could be a candidate to start one of the team's upcoming doubleheaders.
May 17 - 4:44 PM

Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) got through a simulated game Friday with no issues.

He could throw another simulated game next week or just go ahead and start a rehab assignment. Sanchez was pitching well for the Braves before his hamstring injury, but there's currently no spot for him in the rotation.
May 11 - 4:50 PM

Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) is slated to pitch a simulated game on Friday.

There's still some concern that Sanchez could aggravate his hamstring covering first base, but he'll test it out on Friday. Sanchez is prepping to be a starter but is open to pitching out of the pen if the Braves don't have a rotation spot available for him. The right-hander holds an excellent 1.29 ERA in three appearances (two starts) this season.
May 10 - 5:34 PM

Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Sunday and also did running drills for the second straight day.

The Braves scratched top prospect Mike Soroka from Sunday's start for Triple-A just in case Sanchez or Julio Teheran (trapezius) suffered setbacks, but both pitchers came through workouts feeling fine. Barring a last-minute change, Sanchez is on track to return from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Giants. The veteran right-hander suffered a strained right hamstring during pregame workouts earlier this month.
Apr 30 - 9:47 AM

Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) could rejoin the Braves' rotation next weekend.

Sanchez threw a bullpen session without issue last Friday. He will run some sprints Monday and if he gets through that will then face hitters Tuesday. Sanchez will be activated without a rehab start next weekend if all goes well.
Apr 29 - 9:11 AM

According to's Mark Bowman, Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) may miss "just a couple weeks."

Sanchez was carted off and fitted for an air cast after straining his hamstring during pregame warmups on Wednesday but is already showing significant improvement. The right-hander has compiled a stingy 1.29 ERA over three appearances this year including two starts.
Apr 19 - 4:56 PM

Braves placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Sanchez suffered the injury while doing sprints in the outfield prior to the Braves game on Wednesday against Minnesota. He was removed with an air cast around his leg, so the injury is potentially a serious one. Johan Camargo was activated from the disabled list to take Sanchez's place on the 25-man roster.
Apr 18 - 5:45 PM

Anibal Sanchez was carted off the field with an air cast around his leg after falling during a pregame run on Wednesday.

The severity of the injury is not yet known, but the fact that the air cast was placed around the leg could be a bad sign. Sanchez, 34, was signed this March after being released by the Twins, and was pitching well in the Atlanta rotation in his first few turns. When we find out more specifics, we'll update you.
Apr 18 - 4:43 PM

Anibal Sanchez (undisclosed) went down while running before the game against Phillies on Wednesday.

The severity and location of the injury is not yet known. Sanchez went down while doing a pre-game run -- something most players go through prior to the game -- and still has yet to be helped up. When we find out the specifics of the injury, we'll be sure to update.
Apr 18 - 4:38 PM

Anibal Sanchez whiffed six across six shutout innings in Friday's 4-0 victory over the Cubs.

Sanchez had a 6.41 ERA last season and a 7.62 ERA during spring training, but he's now reeled off good starts in Colorado and at Wrigley against the Cubs. Go figure. The veteran right-hander permitted only three singles and a walk on the day, easily out-pitching Yu Darvish. Sanchez's leash will still be short, but he's surely earned another start and it should come versus the Phillies.
Apr 13 - 5:58 PM

Making his first start of 2018, Anibal Sanchez kept the Rockies to two runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision Saturday.

Sanchez struck out six and performed fairly well given the circumstances of his first start of the year coming at Coors Field. His only other appearance this year was a three-inning relief outing against the Nationals earlier this week. The veteran likely showed enough to garner another start, although it's another tough assignment -- he lines up to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday.
Apr 7 - 11:54 PM

Anibal Sanchez could start for the Braves on Saturday in Colorado.

Unless he is needed in long relief before then. Sanchez posted a 6.41 ERA last season with the Tigers and a 7.62 ERA this spring in the Grapefruit League. Stack some Rockies against him if he does get the nod.
Apr 3 - 4:28 PM

Braves purchased the contract of RHP Anibal Sanchez from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Carlos Perez is also officially joining the roster for Monday's game. Sanchez will be available in middle relief for now and is expected to serve as the fifth starter beginning next week.
Apr 2 - 3:46 PM

Depth Charts

C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Ozzie Albies
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Johan Camargo
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Ronald Acuna
2Preston Tucker
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Foltynewicz
3Brandon McCarthy
4Sean Newcomb
5Mike Soroka
6Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jose Ramirez
3A.J. Minter
4Dan Winkler
5Sam Freeman
6Peter Moylan
7Shane Carle
8Luiz Gohara
9Jesse Biddle
10Grant Dayton
11Jacob Lindgren
12Lucas Sims