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Jim Leyland is concerned about Anibal Sanchez

Jun 17, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

Anibal Sanchez AP AP

After a skipped start due to shoulder soreness, Anibal Sanchez was taken out of Saturday night’s game against the Twins after three and two-thirds innings due to more shoulder trouble. His skipper is concerned, reports John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press.

In words Leyland actually said “we’ll see how it goes,” but Lowe says it’s kind of a vibe thing in that he didn’t sound too concerned on Saturday night but did so more on Sunday.

Until this rough patch Sanchez had been enjoying the best year of his career. He’s 6-5 with a 2.76 ERA and is striking out 11.1 batters per nine while only walking 2.5.



  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Since this story is about shoulder soreness in a pitcher, I want to make a comment about Jesse Evans who was just hired by the Jays as a consultant. In his “Velocity Program”, Evans uses weighted balls to strengthen a pitchers muscles around the shoulder. Blue Jay pitcher Steve Delabar credits the program for resurrecting his career. Brett Cecil credits it with the increase in his velocity and excellent performance this season. Dustin McGowan used it in his recovery from numerous shoulder injuries. Casey Janssen is using a modified version of the program and will go into the full program in the off season.

    Baseball knows how to deal with elbow problems, but shoulder problems have sometimes been more difficult to deal with. I would not be surprised if other teams baseball starts taking similar steps to deal with shoulder problems.

  2. eaglescoony24 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Fastpitch softball pitchers use weighted balls all the time.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    There are weighted baseballs at every level of baseball starting from high school. I know they’ve been widely used since the late 70’s. I even remember that they would come in different colors.

  4. historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I wish we could get some medical info on this, instead of vibes and suppositions. I guess people would rather work themselves into a lather than wait for the facts? Leyland doesn’t want to say if Sanchez is going to be checked by the medical staff, Lowe reports. Guess what? He is — they aren’t going to just leave it & not see what the problem is. Duh. So, they’ll do that today and then we’ll have some news. Why not suggest that, as opposed to trying to read into what it means when Leyland says he’s “concerned” about Sanchez’ condition? There’s no other story to do on the Tigers right now while we wait? I feel like I could do a better job putting together stories than some of these guys. How about a little something about what a good clubhouse trooper Don Kelly is when he’s sitting on the bench? Maybe a Kelly Riding Pine Daily Update? That would be fun. 😀

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Don Kelly – merry prankster – master of the hotfoot – that sort of thing? Well — yes.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        I bet he sneaks Leyland’s smokes out back.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        … strategically removes one, and then inserts the exploding cigarette in its’ place. Genius!

        Incidentally I used to have a friend who would play a different sort of “cigarette roulette” in college, wherein he would dip the end of 2 or 3 cigarettes in hashoil and then replace them in the pack at random order. The winner could come at any smoke break. Good times – the things you learn in college.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Wow, we just lit up packets of dry creamer. But, I did learn to tie my shoes a new way, so there.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Ahh yes, non-dairy creamer, multi-position low-budget special effects indie movie star. More explosive than rice dust, and makes an acceptable fake-snow as well. Just not at the same time.

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