Sanchez allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits Saturday against the Padres. He did not factor into the decision, while striking out four and walking none. This was Sanchez's second start since being recalled after a nearly month-long stint in the minors. His two outings have been successful, especially in comparison to his long-relief appearances earlier in the season. He's now given up three runs in 11 innings over those two starts, with nine strikeouts and three walks.
Sanchez logged five innings Monday against the Mariners, giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five en route to a no-decision. In his return to the big leagues, Sanchez pitched relatively well, rendering Seattle's offense harmless for the first four innings of the contest. The veteran right-hander got stung by the long ball in the fifth inning, however, as he served up a two-run shot to Guillermo Heredia to tie the game, keeping Sanchez from qualifying for a decision. He still doesn't warrant much interest in fantasy -- after all, he only found the strike zone with 50 of his 89 pitches, and this marks the first time his ERA has dipped below 9.00 since his first appearance of the season back in early April. If Sanchez remains in the rotation, he'll be in line to make his next start Saturday in San Diego.
Sanchez will be recalled Monday from Triple-A Toledo to start the Tigers' series opener against the Mariners that evening, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. In an effort to avoid overtaxing their other five starters, the Tigers will roll out a six-man rotation this week that includes Sanchez, who will be making his first start for the big club all season. Sanchez languished in long relief for the Tigers earlier this season (9.00 ERA, 2.05 WHIP in 21 innings) before being demoted to Triple-A in May. Despite a minor setback with a hamstring injury, he's pitched respectably for Toledo, turning in a 20:5 K:BB over 15 innings across four outings. For the time being, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus seems committed to using the six-man setup through one turn in the rotation, so Sanchez will need to deliver a vintage performance Monday in order to garner future starts.
Sanchez (hamstring) went five innings in a start for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. As anticipated, the veteran right-hander only missed one start due to a bruised hamstring incurred earlier in the month of June. It certainly is encouraging to see Sanchez picking up his game following his demotion to the minors, although he'll likely need to put together a string of strong starts to win back the trust of the Tigers' brass.
Sanchez (hamstring) was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Toledo on Monday, John Wagner of The Toledo Blade reports. Sanchez is only expected to miss one start at Toledo with the bruised hamstring, but the injury will remove him from consideration for rejoining the Tigers this week when a fifth starter is needed to replace Matt Boyd, who was demoted to Triple-A last Friday. In order to cover for Sanchez's absence, Toledo will promote Matt Crouse from Double-A Erie.