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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Anibal Sanchez exits with pectoral strain

By on 8/09/2014 07:45:00 AM

Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez had a rough Friday night, in more than one way. After giving up ten hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, Sanchez left the game in pain with what was later diagnosed as a right pectoral muscle strain, as reported by's Jason Beck. The right-hander told Beck that the pain was too great for there to be any chance of him continuing the game:

"There's no way I could throw another pitch," Sanchez said. "I felt a lot of pain right there in that moment. I just walked off."
Sanchez will head back to Detroit on Saturday for an MRI scan. There's no indication at this point of the severity of the injury or whether Sanchez will be able to avoid the DL. The 30-year-old is next scheduled to pitch at home on Wednesday when the Pirates come to Detroit for an interleague series. The Tigers don't have an off day until August 18th so there's no possibility of going with a four-man rotation and keeping the other starters on regular rest.

Both Sanchez and manager Brad Ausmus expressed uncertainty to Beck over exactly how problematic pectoral strains could be for pitchers. Chicago Cubs left-hander Franklin Morales suffered a pectoral strain on his throwing side back in June 2013 with the Red Sox. He ended up missing a month and a half with the injury. Reds reliever Manny Parra also sustained a similar strain earlier in 2013 but had a slightly shorter recovery time, losing a month. Either timeframe would still get Sanchez back for the postseason, so would not end Sanchez' year as long as the Tigers can maintain their slim lead over the streaking Kansas City Royals.

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