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Anibal Sanchez suffers bruised shin during Thursday start

Mar 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

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Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez may be sidelined for the next week or two.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Sanchez had a large ice wrap around his right shin in the Marlins’ clubhouse Thursday after being nailed by a grounder during his three-inning Grapefruit League start against the Mets.

The Marlins believe that he only suffered a bruise, but they’ll give him a rundown of tests on Friday morning to be sure that there are no fractures.

Sanchez spoke with Frisaro after the exhibition loss and was still feeling the hurt:

“It hit me on the side of the shin,” Sanchez said. “It really hurt. It’s painful at the moment. Right now, it’s sore. It’s a lot of inflammation right there. I have to wait [and see]. Three times I’ll ice it today, and see how it comes [Friday].”

Sanchez, 27, posted a strong 3.55 ERA across 32 starts last season and fanned 157 batters in 195 total innings. He was able to avoid the disabled list for the first time in his five-year major league career.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    The Feesh would greatly benefit from a healthy Sanchez this season if they plan to make a serious run at the wild card. To get past the Braves in their division alone, they’ll need everything to go right – or, at least, they’ll need more to go wrong with the Braves and just a leetle beet to go wrong with the Mutts. Don’t forget that last year was a recovery year for Sanchez following surgery the year before, and if he continues his improvement it’d be a big boost for the team.

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