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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Anibal Sanchez could be done for season after setback

By on 8/26/2014 07:30:00 PM

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez had a major setback in his recovery from a strained right pectoral muscle. Michigan's James Schmehl reports that Sanchez's Tuesday ultrasound revealed that the right-hander has torn the muscle and could miss the remainder of the season although that is not yet definite.

According to Schmehl, Sanchez ended his Monday throwing session and felt "a needle-like stab" on the same pectoral muscle that sidelined him on August 9. He had the ultrasound performed Tuesday, and the results showed the tear. Schmehl quoted Sanchez describing what he felt. Said Sanchez,
"As soon as I (felt it), I knew I had to stop, because I couldn't even move my arm. ... It really hurt. It's nothing like what I felt when I had my shoulder or elbow issue before. This kind of pain killed me when I felt it."
That "situation" is the Tigers sitting in second place, 1.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the A.L. Central as play begins on August 26. They are also a half game behind Seattle for the second A.L. Wild Card. The Tigers have 32 games remaining and will go without one of their top starters. With Justin Verlander having a down season, Sanchez is a candidate for the postseason rotation should he return in time -- and the Tigers make it.

Sanchez is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He would likely have come off the disabled list Tuesday, but now he is concerned about not returning at all:
"Especially with the situation we are right now, of course I'm concerned. I don't like being on the bench, just seeing everything happen."
No decision is definite yet as Sanchez and the Tigers have not released a final answer.

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