Detroit Tigers righthander Anibal Sanchez has had his return from a shoulder injury delayed Monday after he experienced pain in his right rotator cuff during a bullpen session, reported MLB.com’s Jason Beck. According to Beck’s report, Sanchez will be examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and will no longer make his scheduled return start for Detroit on Wednesday.
Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list with the injury since Aug. 19, aggravated his shoulder during a 35-pitch workout Monday before the Tigers’ 7–1 loss to the Twins.
“Just before I finished, probably three pitches before the end, I felt bad,” Sanchez said. “I stopped right away.”
Sanchez threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday and reported that his shoulder felt strong. It is unknown if he will return before the end of the season.
“I want to pitch,” said Sanchez, who led the American League with a 2.57 ERA in 2013. “Always, I want to pitch. Always, I want to be there. Always, I want to do my job and help and be there for my teammates.”
This season, the 31-year-old is 10–10 with a 4.99 ERA in 25 starts. He leads the AL in home runs allowed with 29.
Detroit has already been eliminated from playoff contention this season. The Tigers sit in last place in the AL Central with a 65–78 record.
- Kayla Lombardo