Detroit Tigers Anibal Sanchez placed on 15-day DL


With two rookies in the starting rotation, it was clear that the Detroit Tigers were already thin in that department. For the second day in a row, the Tigers have placed a starting pitcher on the 15-day disabled list, making them even more thin.

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Anibal Sanchez has joined Daniel Norris on the DL for what has been described as a right rotator cuff strain. According to George Sipple, Sanchez has been dealing with this issue for months, which could explain his rollercoaster season and historic (for him) knack of allowing the long ball.

This leaves the Tigers with an established starting rotation of Justin Verlander, Alfredo Simon and Matt Boyd, who came in relief in Wednesday’s game of the injured Norris, but is still slated to make his scheduled start on Saturday as it was his normal throw day.

In response to the DL moves, the Tigers have brought up RHP Guido Knudson from AAA Toledo. The 26-year-old will be making his major league debut after posting a 2.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with the Mud Hens after a call-up from Erie earlier this year. He had been serving as Toledo’s closer.

Also being called up is Jose Valdez, who currently sports a 2015 ERA of infinity after failing to record an out in his only game for Detroit a few weeks ago. He has a 3.44 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 52 innings in Toledo.

Sanchez’s injury does not seem season-threatening according to Brad Ausmus, but with arm injuries and Anibal’s slow recovery time from injuries a year ago, that does not seem like a certainty.

So if you have an arm that is healthy and are in the greater Detroit area, you might wanna get in touch with new Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila immediately.

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