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Tigers put Anibal Sanchez, Joakim Soria on disabled list

Aug 10, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Jason Beck passes along the news …

The Tigers are going to have to get through arguably the toughest stretch in their schedule without Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria. The Tigers placed both right-handers on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning — Sanchez for a Grade 2 right pectoral muscle strain, Soria with a left oblique strain.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski guessed that Sanchez will be out for 3-4 weeks. Robbie Ray is going to take over his rotation spot on Wednesday in a start against the Pirates at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

Soria will be out 2-3 weeks. He has allowed 10 hits and six runs — five earned — over 4 1/3 innings since being acquired from the Rangers on July 23 for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

  1. undeadjesus - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Same story for the kitties this year: great offense and elite starters but bull crap for the bullpen. To trade for Soria and then not install him as closer over struggling Nathan was just dumb. Now he’s all messed up. So now they’re stuck with Nathan, or do they switch to Jim Johnson, another flame-out?

    Wouldn’t be surprising if they panic and trade for Papelbon

    • twinfan24 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Where are all of the guys now that claim closing games isn’t difficult and relief pitchers are overrated?

  2. metrocritical - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    A year of blessings and curses. Top tier starting pitching. Garbage bullpen. Two of the most dangerous hitters in baseball-robbed of power via injuries. Masterful trades-derailed or countered by more injuries. With no bullpen depth or bench depth and inconsistent hitters or non-hitters sprinkled through the lineup, this team looks anything but title contenders. DD will need to do done spackling and hole filling for 2015 and hope for health. A 2014 title run isn’t looking very likely.

    • pwshrugged - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Funny, sounds exactly like 2012 and 2013. As much as I like DD, it seems to me that he isn’t learning from our past losses; both Boston and San Francisco had much deeper teams than we did; not in SP, no, but in their bullpen and bench. DD stubbornly continues to pursue top-notch pitching over overall team depth, and that’s why we win the weak AL Central and lose eventually against a playoff team with a better top-to-bottom roster.

      Just look at some of our lineup right now, and remember that we’re actually a World Series contender – 2 or 3 our RPs are rookies called up from AAA this year (Hardy, McCoy); our 3B is a rookie in his first full season; our SS is a rookie in his first full season, who skipped AAA; our LF is a journeyman minor leaguer having a career year; our backup infield utilitymen are a career minor leaguer (Romine) and Don Kelly; our backup outfielder is a career minor leaguer (Carrera).

      We have zero depth, so little that one or two injuries in September or one or two prolonged slumps can tank us easily. Everyone might think we’re catching lightning in a bottle, but those are major holes I mentioned above. JD Martinez has looked good, but what happens when he’s facing a playoff team that’s going to be solely prepared for the Tigers? Same for Suarez and even Castellanos. The bottom third of the lineup looks like a black hole in the playoffs, and a lot hinges on JD Martinez remaining a productive bat in the middle of the lineup.

      I really put this at DD’s feet. The organization has no depth after years of pennant chasing, and rather than make trades to resupply that depth, he continues to mortgage the team’s future on SP after SP. I hope our boys can pitch a lot of CGs in the playoffs.

  3. pwshrugged - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    It’s only going to take a couple of injuries to exploit how thin the Tigers’ bullpen and bench depth is. Yes, they have elite starters top-to-bottom; losing Anibal for a month isn’t a big deal right now, although it’s not reassuring, either. Losing Soria’s the bigger hurt, even if he hasn’t been great – that leaves our reliable RPs as… Joba… and… well, Joba. Our best options after that are Nathan, Coke, and Alburquerque, with the rest of the bullpen being mostly Triple-A call-ups this season.

    It was flashy to trade for Price, but it won’t matter if he goes 8 deep in the playoffs only to have Nathan blow the game. The Tigers solidified a position of strength rather than patch holes. We can argue all day about whether or not the Price trade was worthwhile, but I’d rather have Smyly pitching and Austin Jackson on the roster than have Price pitching and Carrera taking Jackson’s spot. If one of the outfielders gets injured or slumps severely, the alternatives are Don Kelly or Carrera everyday. That’s it.

    Hoping for the best, but when you look at the other likely playoff teams, it becomes clear that Detroit doesn’t have the depth to handle injuries in the playoffs and will need some luck to make it far. It’s not impossible, it’s not even improbable; there just feels like a lot less room for error than the past two years.

    • undeadjesus - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      yup, it’s about that time to give ol’ Valverde a call and see what he’s up to

      • kindasporty - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        I know you’re not serious (you’re not, right?), but that still hurts to read.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I just got home in time to see David Price get nailed by a line drive. He stayed in the game, but gave up a home run to the next batter. Price seems to be OK, so the Tigers probably dodged a bullet. I doubt that he will come out to pitch in the 7th.

    • indaburg - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Where was he hit by the line drive?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Not sure. It appeared to be around his left knee. He did start the 7th. He then walked 1 and gave up a single. The Jays scored 2 runs in that inning and tied it in the 9th against Joba. Now in bottom of 10th.

  5. weaselpuppy - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Piling on DD for the pen is all the rage….but it’ spretty unlikely that anyone could have seen this:

    Rondon, who was going to the 7th inning guy with Al-Al goes down for the year in ST

    Nathan, who has been money for years, completely implodes.

    Soria, who has been Really money for years pitches great in TX as the closer then loses his mind in the Olde English D…then pulls his oblique on a fielding play ( in a game he should never have been in because handome Brad is so far pretty terrible, as is Nathan)

    Phil Coke sucks eggs…..wait, we knew that part. How abot Phil Coke actually pulls it together for a 6 week period…..until today.

    The advanced metrics show the pen’s BABIP against as .331 and all their advanced metrics puts them near the middle of the pack for ERA expectations…but they are 3rd worst….so lots of bad luck too.

    Perfect storm…DD has added 4 closers (J Johnson tuning up in the minors and Hanrahan who hasn’t been able to get healthy) and Joba (who has been great as long as it’s not a save situation) in the last 5 months who have 600+ saves between them. At some point the players have to make plays and the manager has to not suck.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Nathan pitched an inning tonight and did not give up a run. We did get to see all of the Tigers relief pitchers tonight and in my opinion, the best relief pitcher they have is Alburquerque. He should be their closer.

  6. penguins87and71 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    It seems like every year the Tigers have a terrible bullpen.

  7. westerly75 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    the rookies from the bullpen (hardy & mccoy) did a very nice job playing 6 innings of shut out baseball yesterday.
    what tigers needed was more reliable offense.

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