Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez Done, Miguel Cabrera Slumping, Four-Man Rotation?


Many Detroit Tigers fans likely wish the baseball season would be over already. Well, it is for one member of the Detroit Tigers.

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will not return in 2015 due to right shoulder soreness. Sanchez visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for an examination on Wednesday, but he is still expected to return healthy in time for the beginning of the 2016 season.

In the midst of a 0-for-19 slump, first baseman Miguel Cabrera had Wednesday night off, which means he will have two straight days to rest as Thursday is a travel day for the Tigers. Cabrera is in the worst slump of his career, and he says the struggles are more mental than physical. Apparently playing meaningless baseball is about as fun as watching meaningless baseball.

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There should be plenty of changes to the Detroit Tigers roster this offseason, so in appropriate fashion, there will also be some slight changes to the FOX Sports Detroit broadcast team. They have already announced that the three-man color analyst rotation will return in 2016, but FOX Sports Detroit is considering also adding Craig Monroe as a fourth live broadcast analyst.

Tigers’ Sanchez done for season, but 2016 unaffected – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"The examination went “all good,” according to Sanchez’s agent, Gene Mato, who said via text message that Andrews prescribed rest.“Dr. Andrews said the shoulder looked great,” Mato said.The Tigers announced Sanchez had no major structural damage in his right shoulder. He underwent a MRI arthrogram with Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He will be shut down for the remainder of the season."

Cabrera says meaningless baseball is ‘no fun at all’ – Chris McCosky, The Detroit News

"Cabrera is in the throes of an 0-for-19 skid — third worst of his career. He’s hitting .192 in September, with a .231 slugging percentage. He hasn’t hit a home run since Aug. 26 and just two since he came off the disabled list on Aug.14.Before the game Wednesday, Cabrera admitted that his struggles were more mental than physical. Asked if he was having any fun, he said, “I mean, to me, no. The past two or three weeks, no. It’s no fun at all. It’s hard, man, when you lose a lot of games and all the stuff happens this year. It’s kind of hard, but we need to keep pushing.“We have a big series at home (starting Friday). We’re going to give something back to the fans, trying to play good baseball. I think we have to focus on that — trying to win this game, get some rest tomorrow and focus on what we can do in the last 10 games at home.”"

FOX Sports Detroit expected to bring back three analysts for 2016 season – Chris Iott,

"Fox Sports Detroit switched to a three-man analyst rotation for Detroit Tigers broadcasts for the 2015 season. They are expected to have at least that many analysts in 2016.Former Tigers players and current Fox Sports Detroit analysts Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris are all expected to return as in-game analysts for the 2016 season, a source told on Wednesday.Current studio analyst Craig Monroe might also be added to the in-game analyst mix next season, the source said."

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