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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 207
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Anibal Sanchez said Saturday that he expects to be available to pitch in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday.
Sanchez, who has made just two appearances since returning from the disabled list, threw 30 pitches over two innings in Friday's loss to the Orioles. With the rest of the Tigers setup corps in shambles, Brad Ausmus will likely be forced to rely upon Sanchez if he wants to keep his team alive. Oct 4 - 11:30 AM

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Anibal Sanchez fired two perfect relief innings in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

Sanchez relieved Justin Verlander after the starter permitted a leadoff single in the sixth. He retired six straight batters, picking up a couple strikeouts along the way. Even though Sanchez had only thrown 30 pitches, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus elected to pull him and then watched Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria implode. It was only Sanchez's second appearance since going on the DL in early August, but he certainly looked capable of being a weapon in relief, provided the Tigers last long enough to give him a chance to do just that.
Oct 3 - 4:45 PM

Tigers activated RHP Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list.

Sanchez missed the last seven weeks with a pectoral strain. He doesn't have enough time to be built back up to start but should be a nice bullpen piece for manager Brad Ausmus down the stretch and in the playoffs.
Sep 24 - 8:36 AM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Sanchez, out since August 8 with a pectoral strain, was cleared to return after making it through a simulated game Sunday with no issues. There's not enough time to get him stretched out as a starter, so he'll pitch as a reliever in the final days of the regular season and into the playoffs.
Sep 22 - 4:14 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday or Thursday if Sunday's simulated game goes well.

The Tigers are expected to use Sanchez in a bullpen role in the final days of the regular season and in the playoffs. "If you put him down in the pen, he'd probably have the best stuff down there," manager Brad Ausmus said. Sanchez has been out since August 8 with a pectoral strain.
Sep 21 - 12:01 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will throw a simulated game on Sunday.

Sanchez was cleared for the sim game after getting through another bullpen session Thursday with no issues. The right-hander is not expected back before the end of the regular season, but he could be a valuable relief arm to have in the playoffs.
Sep 19 - 5:59 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw another short bullpen session on Tuesday and felt no pain.

Sanchez will toss a longer bullpen session later this week and should then be cleared for simulated action. He's not going to return before the end of the regular season, but the right-hander could be available for the playoffs. Sanchez has been out since August 8 with a pectoral strain. He suffered a setback on August 25.
Sep 16 - 4:50 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw 25 pitches off the mound Monday and felt good.

Sanchez landed on the disabled list a month ago with a strained pectoral muscle and had a setback in late August, but he's beginning to make some progress. He's slated to throw again tomorrow before the next step is decided. It might be late for him to start again for the Tigers during the regular season, but he could have a role come postseason time.
Sep 15 - 5:01 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) is expected to begin throwing off a mound on Monday.

Sanchez has been playing long-toss for about a week with no complications and is ready to take the next step in his rehab from a pectoral strain. The right-hander probably won't make it back before the end of the regular season, but he could be an option for the Tigers' postseason roster if everything goes smoothly from here. Sanchez has been out since August 8. He suffered a setback August 25.
Sep 13 - 4:15 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) played catch in an indoor batting cage Wednesday and felt good.

It's another nice step in the right direction, but Sanchez is not close to pitching off a mound and remains unlikely to return to action before the end of the regular season. He's been out since August 8 with a strained pectoral muscle and had to be shut down again on August 25 after suffering a significant setback.
Sep 10 - 4:34 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) did some light tossing on Sunday, throwing 30 times from a distance of 45 feet.

While only a beginning step in the recovery process, it's a positive sign for Sanchez who has been completely shut down since suffering a setback on August 25. It remains unlikely that he returns before the end of the regular season.
Sep 7 - 10:05 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that there remains no timetable for Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) to resume throwing.

Sanchez had a setback a week ago when scar tissue in his pectoral broke up as he was throwing on flat ground. Ausmus did say that the right-hander is feeling better, but he offered no hints as to how close Sanchez was to picking up a ball again. "It's good that he felt better today, but until he's completely pain-free, we won't do anything with him," Ausmus said.
Sep 1 - 6:12 PM

An ultrasound has revealed that the setback Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) suffered Monday was as a result of scar tissue breaking up.

It's good news all things considered, but Sanchez is essentially back to where he was when he first suffered the injury on August 8. "The ultrasound says I've got full motion, and I feel really good on that," Sanchez said. "Right now, I'm just like back at the first day [of the injury], heating and cooling the area." The Tigers are hopeful that the right-hander will make it back before the end of the season, but it's no guarantee. Kyle Lobstein will fill the fifth spot in the rotation for now.
Aug 26 - 11:53 PM

Anibal Sanchez felt pain in his injured right pectoral muscle Monday in a throwing session.

Sanchez is going to visit a doctor Tuesday to determine the severity of the setback. He's been on the disabled list since August 10 and could very well remain sidelined through the end of the regular season. The Tigers should provide an update on his status at some point Wednesday, after they have more details.
Aug 26 - 4:12 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw on flat ground Friday.

It's the first time he's done any throwing since he landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained right pectoral muscle. Sanchez will play catch again on Saturday and eventually progress to mound work, though it's not clear when that will take place. He's not expected back until mid-September.
Aug 22 - 5:24 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt