After setback, Anibal Sanchez 'concerned' he may miss rest of season
Bad news for the Tigers, as right-hander Anibal Sanchez has suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained pectoral muscle.
Ausmus said Anibal Sanchez had a setback yesterday, will see Dr. today. "Obviously set his schedule back." #Tigers— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 26, 2014
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 ...
Anibal Sanchez said he's concerned that he may not be able to return this season after suffering a setback Monday.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) August 26, 2014
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.