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Anibal Sanchez suffers a setback, may not pitch again in the regular season

Aug 26, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

Anibal Sanchez has been on the disabled list since August 10, and had a throwing session yesterday. It did not go well:

Sanchez was initially expected to miss 3-4 weeks, and now that’s out the window. Get used to more Robbie Ray and his plus-seven ERA as you chase the Royals, Tigers fans.

  1. The Rabbit - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Bartolot Colon, come on down!

  2. xjokerz - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Oh man Craig you got us tiger fans so good! I can see this sniveling prick laughing while writing this blog

    • jeffchadwick - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Alan Trammell was Craig’s favorite player as a kid. I doubt he’s trying to get Tigers fans “good.” Robbie Ray is terrible.

    • brianincbus - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Right, because Robbie Ray is so great! He was clearly personally attacking all Tigers fans.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Who’s attacking us?

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      You might want to get a doctor to remove that stick

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Or have his prick-dar adjusted.

    • pwshrugged - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      If you read his posts enough, you’d know that his significant other is a Tigers fan; most of his Tigers-related comments are usually good-natured jibes that aren’t that far from what Tigers fans are thinking themselves, anyway.

    • floodoobious - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      He might not have been doing this on purpose – Craig is just a prick in general

  3. SocraticGadfly - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Get used to a lot more worrying about the wild card, Tigers fans.

    As for “Rabbit,” not likely. That said, I still don’t get why the Giants didn’t claim him.

  4. clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    There needs to be a big fight for the second wild card. I case the A’s are near the wild card game, the bigger the fight the more likely each team can’t hold back their best starter for the play in game.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM


    • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        You smug, bahstahd.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        You love it. semicolon parenthesis close

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Craig has been dating a Tigers fan. He is not anti Tigers. And yes, the Tigers have a big problem.

    • floodoobious - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      he is a prick though

  7. djpostl - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    That Dombrowski fella sure was on top of things when he traded away Fister for a mediocre pitching prospect (he of the aforementioned 7+ ERA), a utilityman and a loogy -_-.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Who was then replaced with Price. Sanchez getting hurt wasn’t something you could plan for or would’ve factored in the Fister trade. Ironically, they were going to get rid of Porcello originally, and he’s turned out to be a real asset for us this season. Still, even if we kept Fister, we’d be in this boat — unless it was Sanchez that we traded away.

      • djpostl - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        How would you still be in this boat? You’d have Fister in the rotation instead of Ray.

        Fister was traded to make room for Smyly in the rotation, instead of being a reliever/spot starter in the pen. You could have still made that move without taking an arm out of the rotation and had Price anyways, providing not just top tier talent but providing some rotation depth.

        It’s not like injuries don’t occur every year, so planning on sliding Porcello into the pen if you madea SP acqusition would have made sense to some extent at that time. To assume you’re going not have them is asinine.

        The trade was dubious from the get-go, at the very least because nobody was altogether impressed with what it yielded (a utility guy, a loogy in-progress and a prospect a lot of folks didn’t see much in).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Because Ray still subs for Sanchez , with or without Fister. I didn’t say the Fister trade was good — only that it would not have kept us from having to sub Ray for Sanchez.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        BTW, that’s tots adorbs that pic.

      • pwshrugged - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        No Fister trade = no Ray, though.

        In the end, though, historio’s right. Even if the Fister/Smyly trades never happened, the Tigers would still be replacing an injured starter with a AAA callup. In the fantasy scenario, who knows. Duane Below if he’s healthy, or more Buck Farmer, I guess? At this point in the season, there’d be no time to warrant stretching Smyly out from the bullpen to take over starts.

        That said, the Tigers might be in better shape overall had those trades never happened, as they’d have a deeper, more complete roster in that case, and might have scratched out a couple games they otherwise did not. But that’s pretty hypothetical.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Oh, duh, hello. I was thinking of Fister and not Ray. I need to take some ginko today. Dang! That’s twice.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        FIster wasn’t replaced with Price, Smiley was replaced with Price.

        Point remains. If the Tigers had made none of those trades, they’d be much better than they are right now. They gave away one of the best pitchers in the league for pennies on the dollar and did so for really no reason whatsoever.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        Price replaced Smyly who replaced Fister. I didn’t say the trades were good. My point was that we’d still have to plug in a lesser than for Sanchez after he got hurt and that wouldn’t change if the Fister trade hadn’t happened (although which lesser than did ).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Do you think there’ll be anything to argue about today — or is just going to be about weed?

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Eh, the quality of discussion is to the point that it almost isn’t worth any of the effort to make a point about anything related to baseball or social issues. Too much white bread.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        On the weed post? I didn’t care enough to even bother. It’s a slow HBT day.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        I haven’t looked at anything since this morning, I just opened chrome (HBT is one of the tabs that open on start up) to go to google scholar and saw the reply indicator thingy and responded to you.

        I didn’t even realize the Cardinals were playing a day game until a few minutes ago.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ google scholar

        I’m desperate enough to watch the Cards game…if I wasn’t blacked out.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        google scholar >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> having to go to a library to find hard copies and then make copies. You could stick another gajillion “>” in there and it still wouldn’t be enough

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Please, you’re looking yourself up, aren’t you? You know, historians can’t get around going to archives and whatnot to look at hardcopies of things. But, yeah, I didn’t have patience with students too lazy to use Lexis Nexis when I had to schlep to the library and read microfiche for hours.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Nope, no need to look myself up that often. I remember the days of going journal indices or culling citations from papers/books, taking my hand written notes to the library, looking everything up one by one, and spending 10s to 100s of dollars each semester just to make copies….or filling out reprint requests and mailing them all off….or the great advance that was the original search engines…..that doesn’t mean I want to go back to the days of spending hours and hours for what now takes seconds to find and read. Most things in my field are now digitized back to the 1800s.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        I’m jealous. Money is tight for digitizing archive stuff. But, I’ll have you know that when I did my research on the DOJ I went to the library and looked through every federal case book by hand. Are you duly impressed?

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM


        It took a while. At first, each publisher or society that published a journal only went back to about 1995. Then as technology improved, everyone started going back in time until now pretty much everything from a big-time or international journal is available…even a lot of old books are free online now, and you often don’t even have to buy new ones as university libraries “buy” the digital version and depending on the agreement I can read it all online and download anywhere from 100 pages to the entire book.

        Man, it makes information so much easier and faster to find.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        You’re a spoiled brat.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        I don’t know what to do with you, peper.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Nobody does.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        I give up.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        They all do.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        They who?

  8. nottinghamforest13 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I wonder what Alan Colon is doing right now.

  9. happytwinsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Look on the bright side, Byron Buxton will be playing in the Arizona Fall League!

    • pwshrugged - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      At least when the Tigers fall off considerably, the Twins will be more entertaining to watch. Heck, I’m already tuning in some nights to see that Vargas guy swing the bat.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        is it better or worse than bartolo colon?

  10. pwshrugged - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    It’s okay.

    I’ve already steeled myself to the likely scenario that the Tigers won’t be playing in October. I guess maybe I’d rather see some regrettable slew of injuries or other misfortune be the obvious cause than the continued slow meltdown or a blown save in Game 162 or in a Wild Card game or something like that.

    Harder to swallow is the increasing likelihood that the future – a bleak, Phillies-esque future caused by several win-now years – starts as soon as next season.

  11. sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    The Tigers are turning into the Phillies right before our eyes…

  12. rawdog2013 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I don’t see anything wrong with this article. It was well written and more importantly, accurate.

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