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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 (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 no enough time to get him stretched out as a starter, so he'll pitch as a starter in the final days of the regular season and into the playoffs. Sep 22 - 4:14 PM

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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

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) has begun physical therapy and is "starting to feel a little bit better," according to Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

Sanchez will be limited to therapy work for 10-14 days before being cleared to begin a throwing program if all goes well. He's expected to be sidelined until September.
Aug 12 - 9:29 PM

Tigers placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral muscle.

Sanchez was removed from Friday's start with the injury and it's expected to sideline him for 3-4 weeks, which is obviously a big blow for the Tigers. The club has yet to announce who will replace Sanchez in the rotation, but Robbie Ray seems to be the most likely candidate.
Aug 10 - 11:15 AM

Anibal Sanchez (pectorals) will return to Detroit to undergo an MRI exam on Saturday.

The Tigers want to determine the severity of his right pectoral strain before making a decision on his status. At this point, a trip to the disabled list seems likely. If that's the case, Robbie Ray and Duane Below would be the most likely candidates to fill his spot in the rotation.
Aug 8 - 11:32 PM

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2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Luke Putkonen
14Bruce Rondon