The Tigers placed reliever Joakim Soria on the disabled list Monday with a left oblique strain, the team announced. The move comes one day after Detroit sent starter Anibal Sanchez to the DL.
The Tigers acquired Soria in a trade with the Rangers in late July. He had been working primarily as the setup man for closer Joe Nathan.
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Sanchez, who finished fourth in Cy Young voting last season, has an ERA of 3.53 in 21 starts this season.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said he thinks Soria will miss two to three weeks, while Sanchez will be out for three or four weeks.
The Tigers are in first place in the AL Central, but have lost five of their last seven and have seen their lead over the Royals shrink from five games to just half a game in the past week.
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- Dan Gartland