Sanchez sidelined by triceps inflammation
Anibal Sanchez has inflammation in his right tricep that will sideline the Tigers pitcher from throwing until at least next Monday, manager Brad Ausmus announced on Thursday.
Sanchez, who struggled through most of his 2015 season before being shut down in mid-September with a strained rotator cuff, said he felt his tricep flare up while picking up intensity in his last mound session on Monday. He has been sidelined from throwing activity since then, and underwent an MRI exam.
The exam showed inflammation in the lower area of the tricep. Sanchez said it was close to the elbow, but relatively minor inflammation.
“I’m good,” Sanchez said. “I just got an MRI. It’s inflammation, no big deal.”
The tricep issue is not believed to be related to last year’s rotator cuff issue, according to Ausmus.
“It doesn’t seem to be anything concerning,” said Ausmus, adding it’s not in an area of the triceps common for major injuries.
If Sanchez feels fine, he’ll try to resume his throwing program by playing catch on Monday. The Tigers have not announced scheduled starters for Spring Training games past Wednesday, but given the timetable, Ausmus said it wouldn’t be surprising if Sanchez was held back from the first turn through the rotation as a precaution.
“It’s early,” Sanchez said. “We don’t have to rush anything.”