Sanchez hit by line drive in rehab start (updated)
The toughest part of Monday’s rehab assignment for Anibal Sanchez was supposed to be the weather in Florida. A line drive off his leg wasn’t a thought. Now, it’s a potential road block.
Sanchez pitched in relief for Class A Lakeland Tuesday night after the Flying Tigers restarted a suspended game from Sunday. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings, though, before a comebacker hit him on his left leg and forced him to leave.
As of late Monday night, Sanchez was supposedly feeling OK, much better than initially feared. There was no official word on his status yet, but the injury doesn’t sound serious. Team president/GM Dave Dombrowski said in an email they won’t know anything definitive until Tuesday.
Either way, it would be a surprise if Sanchez doesn’t make another rehab appearance. He was supposed to throw about 60 pitches, but ended up with less than half that.
If Sanchez can’t join the Tigers rotation next turn, that would put Jose Alvarez, who took the loss in Toronto in a wild outing that showed uncharacteristic command woes over the course of three wild innings, in line to start again Saturday in Cleveland. The Tigers don’t have an off-day before the All-Star break, so there’s no way to simply skip Alvarez for a turn.