Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez injured his right pectoral Aug. 8 when he had to leave the game in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers were optimistic that he wouldn’t need to go on the disabled list, but he was, and now almost 20 days later, he doesn’t look like he’ll be returning any time soon.
“Sanchy threw yesterday and had a little bit of a setback,” Ausmus told CBS Detroit. “He went to see a doctor today and we’ll kind of figure out what the plan is for him going forward, but it’s obviously kind of set his schedule back.”
Sanchez was initially potential starter for Detroit Saturday when Detroit takes on the Chicago White Sox, but any chance of that has been ruled out.
Sanchez wasn’t very optimistic about a quick return according to CBS Detroit which could mean that he won’t be back at all.
“It depends how fast I heal,” Sanchez said. “It’s nothing like they’re going to say, ‘All right, you’re going to wait for two weeks, or one week.’ It’s nothing like that. It’s how fast does my body heal that area. I threw just one pitch, yeah, because that kind of sore, you just throw one pitch, and as soon as I felt, I had to stop, I couldn’t even move my arm.”
Sanchez came to Detroit in 2012 and has had a 3.09 ERA in two and a half seasons. He led the American League in ERA last year with a 2.57 ERA and has a 3.46 ERA for the Tigers so far this season. With Verlander continuing to struggle, the Tigers will hope to regain Sanchez as soon as possible.