Tigers place Sanchez, Avila on DL
Bad news for the AL Central leaders, as one of their top starters and their regular catcher are headed for the disabled list.
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.