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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Anibal Sanchez activated, will pitch in relief


By on 9/24/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday by the score of 4-3. The win improved the Tigers to 87-70, a game ahead of the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. With five games left in the regular season and the playoffs around the corner, the Tigers got some good news on the injury front. Pitcher Anibal Sanchez has been activated and will pitch out of the bullpen.


I reported on Monday that Sanchez, who has been out since August 9 with an injury to his right pectoral muscle, threw in a simulated game on Sunday and could return by the middle of this week.

An update on Sanchez, as reported by Jason Beck of MLB.com, is that he was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and is preparing to pitch out of the bullpen, something that is foreign to him.
"Yesterday, I saw the guys [in the bullpen] and they're warming up early. Everybody's stretching. Everybody's just playing catch a little bit. Everybody gets loose waiting for the call. That's what I start doing today."
Manager Brad Ausmus said that Sanchez could pitch anywhere between the fifth inning to the end of the game. He could also be used as an emergency long reliever. Without a defined role, Sanchez is just trying to be ready for any opportunity that may come his way.
"I just need to be ready all the time, just ready for the call. No matter what inning they call me, I need to go to the mound and do my job."
Sanchez, in his ninth Major League season, is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 21 games this season. He's allowed only 107 hits and 30 walks in 125 innings, while striking out 102. The veteran has pitched for the Marlins and the Tigers and has a career record of 70-64 with a 3.54 ERA. 



 
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