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Monday, September 8, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Anibal Sanchez

By on 9/08/2014 02:30:00 PM

Three Detroit Tigers pitchers who are dealing with injuries appear to be on the mend. Closer Joe Nathan is experiencing elbow tenderness, but will most likely be able to return soon. Relief pitcher Joakim Soria threw 25 pitches today and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez is slowly rehabbing with hopes to possibly return to the rotation this season.

Joe Nathan has been struggling this year for the Tigers in his role as closer.  The 39-year-old Nathan has a 4-3 record and a 5.04 ERA.  The elbow tenderness does not appear to be serious as manager Brad Ausmus told’s Chris Iott that Nathan would be able to pitch tonight. 

Relief pitcher Joakim Soria has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 10 with a left oblique strain.  He threw 25 pitches today but will wait until tomorrow to see how he feels before a decision is made as to his continued rehabilitation.  Ausmus hopes that he will be available to pitch again ‘in a couple of days’.  Soria is 1-1 with a 10.38 ERA in 6 games with the Tigers this season.

Finally, starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list since August 9 with a pectoral strain threw 30 balls at 45 feet with no issues on Sunday.  He is scheduled to throw 45 throws at 60 feet today.  A return to the team has not been decided, but there is a possibility.  Sanchez is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 21 starts this season. 

The Tigers start a critical three game series with the Kansas City Royals this afternoon.  The second place Tigers could potentially take the lead from the first place Royals with a sweep of the series.   

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