After setback, Anibal Sanchez 'concerned' he may miss rest of season

It’s not certain when Anibal Sanchez will see the mound again. (USATSI)
It’s not certain when Anibal Sanchez will see the mound again. (USATSI)

Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9 with a strained pectoral muscle, and now it sounds as though he'll remain there for a while ... 

The Tigers had been hoping that Sanchez would be able to return to the rotation in time to start Saturday against the White Sox, but that's obviously not going to happen. To hear Sanchez tell it, the remainder of his 2014 season is in peril ... 

Needless to say, this is bad news for the Tigers, who are four games below .500 since the break and 1 1/2 games behind the Royals in the AL Central. While the rotation when it's in fighting shape is one of the best in the game, the lack of depth has been exposed by Sanchez's injury.

This season, Sanchez has pitched to a 3.46 ERA (118 ERA+) and 3.40 K/BB ratio in 125 innings of work. He owns an overall ERA of 3.09 as a Tiger and last season finished fourth in the AL Cy Young balloting.  

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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