Anibal Sanchez scratched from Sunday's start with stiff shoulder

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Anibal Sanchez will miss at least one start with a stiff shoulder. (USATSI)
Anibal Sanchez will miss at least one start with a stiff shoulder. (USATSI)

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Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will not start on Sunday as scheduled due to shoulder stiffness, the Tigers announced. Left-hander Jose Alvarez will be called up from Triple-A to make the spot start.

Sanchez, 29, had surgery to repair a labrum tear in 2007. He missed less than two weeks with shoulder soreness in spring training last year but otherwise has remained healthy since the surgery. Sanchez threw at least 195 innings each season from 2010-12.

In 12 starts this year, Sanchez has gone 6-5 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 11.3 K/9 in 78 innings. He currently ranks to second to Adam Wainwright with 3.4 WAR (FanGraphs version) among all big league pitchers.

Alvarez, 24, went 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 12 Triple-A starts before getting the call. He will be making his big-league debut on Sunday after signing as a minor-league free agent during the offseason.

The Tigers acquired Sanchez from the Marlins at the trade deadline last year and re-signed him to a five-year, $80 million contract this winter.

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