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Anibal Sanchez has no issues with shoulder in minor league start

Mar 24, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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Anibal Sanchez required a cortisone shot last week to combat right shoulder inflammation, but he appears on track to make his first scheduled start of the regular season.

According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Sanchez threw 71 pitches in a minor league game today without incident. His first game action since March 12, he allowed one run on seven hits and one walk over four innings while striking out four.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to see how Sanchez feels tomorrow before he truly exhales, but the current plan calls for him to come back over to the Grapefruit League side to start Saturday against the Nationals. If all goes well, he’ll start the third game of the regular season next week against the Royals.

Sanchez, 30, led the American League with a 2.57 ERA last season and compiled an impressive 202/54 K/BB ratio over 182 innings. His shoulder has been an issue for him during his career and even sidelined him briefly last season, so while it appears that he will start the season on time, it will be something to monitor.

  1. druhlman - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    About time we get some good news on the Tigers front. Getting tired of the acquisition of underwhelming players…

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      yeah, well sometimes it’s the underwhelming players that that give the overwhelming players a chance to do their thing.

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