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Anibal Sanchez exits start in the fourth inning

Jun 15, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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Tigers starterAnibal Sanchez was taken out of tonight’s game against the Twins after three and two-thirds innings due to a shoulder injury, reports Chris Iott. The Tigers had skipped Sanchez’s turn in the rotation last week, making manager Jim Leyland anxious to see his right-hander perform tonight. It didn’t go well, as Sanchez allowed two runs on five hits and an uncharacteristic four walks.

Iott describes Sanchez’s struggles:

The Twins had a runner on and one out in the fourth when Trevor Plouffe ripped a home run an estimated 415 feet to left field to tie the score at 2-2. After Sanchez issued a two-out walk to Brian Dozier, Leyland made a rare trip to the mound that did not result in a pitching change.

But Sanchez threw just one more pitch. Pedro Florimon singled to center to put runners at first and third. After Alex Avila and Sanchez met at the mound and dragged their feet a bit, Leyland returned to the mound and replaced Sanchez with left-hander Darin Downs.

As of right now, there are no indications that Sanchez was lifted due specifically to the shoulder injury, or simply because he performed poorly.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Gloom!

  2. yahmule - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Time to give Drew Smyly a shot.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      What makes you think they won’t bring Jose Alvarez back again? I don’t think they’re really comfortable with Smyly as a starter at this point. They want to save him for a bullpen option.

      • yahmule - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        I’m sure that’s what they’ll wind up doing, especially since Alvarez pitched well in his first start. I would just like to see Smyly get a chance in the rotation. He showed a lot of promise last season and this spring.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        I thought so too, and I’m willing to think it’s Smyly that has spurred Porcello’s improvement some. But, when they brought Alvarez up, I think that indicated that either they didn’t think Smyly was ready to take regular starting duties or they felt like they REALLY needed such a good arm in the bullpen (exactly for incidents like tonight). Alvarez was so strong, I think they’ll probably bring him back again. Smyly has time. But, yeah, I like the kid a lot. I wouldn’t be unhappy to see them move him up a little.

  3. insidefastball - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Shoulder issues are always a serious concern. Is Detroit one of the teams that Cliff Lee is willing to be traded to? His addition would probably guarantee another pennant.

    • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Didn’t you hear? Cliff Lee is not going to be traded.

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