Sanchez (neck) struck out three over 2.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks Tuesday in his rehab start for Triple-A Rochester. Sanchez didn't show much control during his second rehab outing, but Nationals manager Dave Martinez told Jessica Camerato of MLB.com that the right-hander's effectiveness was hindered by the sun covering the strike zone for much of the day. He still managed to build up to 61 pitches in the start, so he may require only one or two more tune-up outings in the minors before becoming an option for the big-league rotation. Sanchez has been on the injured list all season due to a cervical neck impingement.
Sanchez (neck) made his first rehab start Thursday for the Nationals' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate, striking out two over three innings while allowing one earned run on one hit and no walks. The appearance was Sanchez's first in affiliated ball since 2020, after he opted not sign with a team in 2021 before re-signing with the Nationals on a minor-league deal in March. The 38-year-old was expected to vie for a back-end spot in Washington's Opening Day rotation, but a cervical neck impingement forced him to the injured list and kept him throwing for one month. After completing his throwing progression, Sanchez is finally pitching in games again, but he'll likely need at least two more starts in the minors to get fully stretched out. Once he makes his return from the 60-day IL, Sanchez could still be in good shape to claim a rotation spot for Washington, especially if Stephen Strasburg (rib) is still on the shelf.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that Sanchez (neck) upped his pitch count to 50 during his most recent bullpen session, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Sanchez is finally making some meaningful progress in his recovery from a cervical neck impingement that first cropped up in early April and kept him from throwing for a month. He's scheduled to report to the Nationals' spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. in the coming days to continue throwing more bullpen sessions and simulated games. After that, Sanchez will likely begin a multi-start rehab assignment with either the Nationals' rookie-level Florida Complex League club or at one of the higher-level minor-league affiliates. He still appears to be several weeks away from making his 2022 debut for the big club.
Sanchez (neck) threw 27 pitches in a light bullpen session Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Sanchez began his throwing program a month ago but isn't particularly close to returning to game action. The right-hander wasn't able to throw with much intensity during Friday's bullpen, and he'll likely require time at the team's extended spring training facility in Florida before he's ultimately cleared to begin a rehab assignment.
Sanchez (neck) was spotted Tuesday throwing in the outfield with a team trainer, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The light catch session marks the first known throwing activity for Sanchez since he was placed on the injured list April 11 with a cervical nerve impingement in his neck. Sanchez's lack of progress over the past month prompted Washington to move him to the 60-day IL last week, so he won't be eligible to make his 2022 debut with the big club until at least early June.
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