Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez is showing hope that he could be ready to pitch when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on July 1st. At this point, though, the Tigers are remaining cautiously optimistic about their injured right-hander, who is working his way back from a shoulder strain.
And according to MLB.com Tigers beat writer Jason Beck, Sanchez is eyeing a return soon.
No BP today with threat of rain, but Anibal Sanchez is playing catch in LF with Jeff Jones watching. Good sign for his return.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 22, 2013
Sanchez felt fine after a long-toss session on Saturday, finding what he was missing in the start before he went on the DL. The Tigers are hoping he can do the same when he throws off the bullpen mound on Tuesday.
How he feels coming out of that could play a big role in his timetable. The club would like to get Sanchez some action against live hitting, possibly in a simulated format, before sending him back into the rotation.
Jose Alvarez is scheduled to make one more start in Sanchez's place on Wednesday against the Angels at Comerica Park. His spot comes back around in the rotation on July 1 in a Canada Day matinee at Toronto.
Not only providing a solid starter for their AL Championship run in 2012, he's been a big reason for their success getting into 1st place for Detroit in a year they've witnessed a not-so stellar year from ace Justin Verlander. Anibal sports only a 6-5 record but has a tremendous 2.76 ERA with 101 strikeouts and a 1.15 WHIP.
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