Anibal Sanchez said he's concerned that he may not be able to return this season after suffering a setback Monday.
— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) August 26, 2014
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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