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Tigers' Anibal Sanchez goes on DL with lacerated finger

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Anibal Sanchez's Saturday start was cut short. (USATSI)
Anibal Sanchez's Saturday start was cut short. (USATSI)

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On Saturday against the Twins, Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez was forced to leave his start after 2 2/3 innings and 53 pitches because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. Now, he'll hit the 15-day disabled list with what's being termed a lacerated finger.

As MLive.com's Chris Iott notes, the Tigers will need to fill Sanchez's spot in the rotation at least twice, assuming Sanchez returns to the roster when first eligible on May 12.

While finger blisters obviously are on the less serious end of the pitching-injury continuum, they can prove hard to shake. To cite one famous example, Josh Beckett early in his career was forced to the disabled list multiple times because of blister problems.

Counting Saturday's efforts, Sanchez now has a 3.13 ERA after five starts in 2014. Last season, he won the AL ERA title with a career-best mark of 2.57.

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