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Tigers place Sanchez, Avila on DL

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez and Alex Avila can keep each other company on the DL. (USATSI)
Detroit's Anibal Sanchez and Alex Avila can keep each other company on the DL. (USATSI)

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The AL Central-leading Tigers now have injury concerns, as right-hander Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila have each been placed on the 15-day disabled list, notes CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler on Twitter.

As for Sanchez, he's batting shoulder problems but is expected to miss just two starts. Sanchez is one of baseball's rare success stories, in that he's a pitcher who found notable and sustained success after undergoing labrum surgery, which he did in 2008.

This season, the 29-year-old Sanchez, who's in the first year of a five-year, $88 million contract, has pitched to a 2.76 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 4.39 K/BB ratio.

Avila, meanwhile, is sidelined with a left-forearm contusion, which is the result of his being hit by a pitch. On the season, Avila, who was an All-Star in 2011, is batting .172/.271/.288 with five home runs in 48 games.

In a pair of related roster moves, the Tigers recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday. Left-hander Jose Alvarez will start against the Red Sox on Thursday, the team announced.

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