Tigers place Sanchez, Soria on 15-day DL
The Tigers are going to have to get through arguably the toughest stretch in their schedule without Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria. The Tigers placed both right-handers on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning — Sanchez for a Grade 2 right pectoral muscle strain, Soria with a left oblique strain.
President/GM Dave Dombrowski said the timetable is relatively flexible on Sanchez, depending on how quickly the pectoralis major muscle heals. However, Dombrowski said he anticipates Sanchez missing 3-4 weeks.
As for Soria, Dombrowski said he’s likely out 2-3 weeks. Given how long oblique injuries can last, however, that’s an anticipation.
Robbie Ray will fill Sanchez’s rotation spot beginning Wednesday night against the Pirates at Comerica Park. The Tigers won’t make a roster move until Monday to fill Soria’s spot, possibly with Ian Krol’s return, possibly with righty Justin Miller, possibly even with Kevin Whelan. Two of those guys could get called up Monday, with one filling Sanchez’s spot until Ray joins the team Wednesday.
As for Jim Johnson, it sounds like the plan for him remains to have him go through his build-up at Triple-A Toledo before being considered for a call-up. He’s slated to throw for the Mud Hens today before pitching two innings on Wednesday.
With neither Sanchez nor Soria out for the season at this point, Dombrowski downplayed the possibility of filling either spot with a trade acquisition.
“We’re planning on filling the spots internally,” he said.