Sanchez scratched with upper back/shoulder stiffness

The Tigers were one of the last couple teams in the big leagues to get through the season with just five starters so far. The way their rotation has been pitching, they didn’t look like they had any changes coming soon. With an injury to Anibal Sanchez, however, they’re about to need a spot starter.

Jim Leyland announced this afternoon that Sanchez will not make his scheduled start Sunday. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand characterized the injury as shoulder stiffness, while Sanchez said it was more around his upper back. 

Sanchez said he had the same injury last year in spring training with the Marlins, but skipping a start cleared it up. The fact that he was able to throw his side session yesterday makes it sound like much the same thing, but time will tell.

With Sanchez out, the Tigers are calling up left-hander Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Toledo to make what they hope is a spot start. Had this whole thing happened early in the year, Drew Smyly would’ve probably filled in. At this point, however, Smyly isn’t stretched out enough to cover more than a few innings.

The Tigers signed Alvarez as a minor-league free agent last offseason. He currently leads the International League with 76 strikeouts while ranking second with a 2.42 ERA and third with 74 1/3 innings.

7 Comments

Oh boy!

Wow! Alvarez is a LHP? I wouldn’t know which RH starter to move but a LH starter would be nice in the rotation. Shame about Smyly but he is invaluable in the pen.
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BEN Verlander drafted by Tigers.

Alvarez is not on the 40 roster. So as long as i know they have two choices, DFA someone or move Dotel to the 60 days DL since the roster is full.
The other question, the player send to Toledo cant come back in 10 days.So, who will go down and who will be called up after the game? I guess Rondon is the answer to the second question. For the first, Ortega or Putkonem?

Dotel to 60 DL was already done

The Tigers will be the last team in MLB to start a LH, Jason retwitted last night

It is too bad that Smyly isn’t stretched out, would be nice to see him start a game this season before the trade deadline. Boy if Alvarez has a strong outing what a good problem to have (7-8 starters) assuming Sanchez stiffness is just short-term! Hope Ricky has his good command today! Go Tigs!

What I like best about Jose Alvarez is he just 24 so he could going into his prime. Looks like a great pick up by DD.

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