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Top Sixto Sanchez News

  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Looks good in spring debut

    Sanchez struck out one in a perfect inning of relief during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

    The one-time top prospect didn't face any of New York's top hitters during his stint, but he did strike out DJ Stewart to end the inning. The fact that he was even on a mound at all was a huge step for Sanchez, who has had his career derailed by injuries and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2020. Per Christina De Nicola of MLB.com, Sanchez topped out at 95.3 mph with his fastball -- a big step down from the 97.6 mph he averaged the last time he wore a Marlins uniform, but still impressive for early March given his long road back. The best-case scenario for the 25-year-old might be a low-leverage role in the Opening Day bullpen, but if Sanchez shows enough this spring, Miami might be willing to give him one more chance.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Out of options

    Sanchez is out of minor-league options, but the right-hander isn't guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    He's thrown only one inning since 2020 due to a pair of shoulder surgeries, and the upside he displayed prior to that is a distant memory. The Marlins have a vacancy in their rotation this season with Sandy Alcantara (elbow) out, but Sanchez might be a long shot just to win a low-leverage relief job. He threw a bullpen session Thursday and at least appears to be healthy to begin camp, but the 25-year-old has a lot to prove. "That's the reality," manager Skip Schumaker said Thursday. "He's in big-league camp. He's got a chance just like anybody else, but he's gonna have to show something."

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Says he's 90-to-95 percent healthy

    Sanchez (shoulder) told reporters Thursday that he's 90-to-95 percent healthy, Kevin Barral of Fish on First reports.

    Sanchez made one appearance with Double-A Pensacola last September in what was his first outing since 2020, but he had to be scratched from his next scheduled appearance because his surgically repaired shoulder didn't bounce back as hoped. It's good that he currently appears trending in the right direction, but at this point it seems unlikely Sanchez will healthy and effective for a sustained period.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Doesn't make scheduled appearance

    Sanchez (shoulder) did not make a second appearance with Double-A Pensacola on Sunday as scheduled, MLB.com reports.

    Sanchez did throw a scoreless inning for Pensacola on Sept. 12 in what was his first appearance at any level since 2020. Evidently, he must not have recovered from that outing as hoped, so his next appearance was scratched. Sanchez is slated to throw a bullpen session soon, so there's a slim chance he'll make it back to game action again before the end of the minor-league season.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Making 2023 debut

    Sanchez (shoulder) will be reinstated from Triple-A Jacksonville's 60-day injured list and will be assigned to Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday, when he's expected to throw one inning or 20 pitches in a game, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez hasn't pitched at any level since 2020, but he's finally ready to get back up on the bump following a prolonged recovery from shoulder surgery and related setbacks. He'll look to string together some quality appearances in the minors to close out the season before potentially competing for a spot on the Marlins' big-league pitching staff next spring.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Making progress with shoulder

    Sanchez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez already has several mound sessions under his belt and could finally be nearing a return to live minor-league games. The 25-year-old right-hander hasn't made an appearance at any level since 2020 because of serious shoulder problems.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Cleared to face hitters

    Sanchez (shoulder) was scheduled to throw a 20-pitch live batting practice session Sunday, Daniel Alvarez-Montes of ElExtraBase.com reports.

    The Marlins haven't confirmed whether Sanchez faced hitters as anticipated, but if he did, it would mark a step forward in right-hander's lengthy rehab process from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent on his shoulder last October. Sanchez has already experienced setbacks with his shoulder in spring training and in late May, but he's apparently avoided any stumbling blocks in his recovery over the ensuing three months. Sanchez seemingly still has an outside chance of pitching in rehab games in the minors in mid-to-late September, but the Marlins likely aren't counting on any contributions from him at the big-league level in 2023.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Tosses bullpen session

    Sanchez (shoulder) completed a 19-pitch bullpen session Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    While the side session represents a step forward after Sanchez had been limited to playing catch off flat ground heading into the All-Star break, the 24-year-old right-hander still doesn't appear especially close to pitching in a game. Sanchez has endured a slow buildup since undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in October, which came after he had surgery in July 2021 to repair a capsule tear in the same shoulder. He'll likely continue to throw side sessions for a few more weeks before he advances to facing hitters in live batting practice or simulated games.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Resumes throwing program

    Sanchez (shoulder) has resumed throwing at 90-105 feet, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez had to be shut down for a while due to yet another setback with his right shoulder. He'll have to be built back up slowly and surely isn't being counted upon by the Marlins to contribute at the major-league level this season.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Not throwing yet

    Sanchez (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez had been scheduled to throw off a mound late last month. It's not clear whether that session got cancelled or it happened and he had another setback, but either way Sanchez is shut down again. The righty hasn't made a game appearance at any level since 2020 due to several shoulder problems.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: To resume mound work

    Sanchez (shoulder) is set to throw a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez is back to throwing off a mound after getting shut down for a bit in early May due to renewed right shoulder soreness. He's been able to do several flat-ground sessions without issue over the last few weeks. There remains no timetable for the 24-year-old's return to the major-league level, but he could start appearing in minor-league games sometime in late June or early July if he is able to avoid further setbacks.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Set to increase throwing distance

    Sanchez (shoulder) will increase his throwing distance to 105 feet this week, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez has thrown without discomfort for a couple weeks, and he is ready to see how his shoulder handles an increase in stress. The Marlins have taken the cautious route with Sanchez and figure to continue doing so.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Plays catch without issue

    Sanchez played catch Monday without experiencing discomfort, Noah Berger of FishStripes reports.

    While this doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment, it's definitely a small step forward for the right-hander, who felt soreness in his shoulder following his last appearance in extended spring training. If all goes well over the next few days, it would make sense for Miami to put him on the bump for a live bullpen session or a simulated game.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Slight shoulder soreness

    Sanchez experienced some slight right shoulder soreness after his last extended spring training outing, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    It's not ideal given Sanchez's lengthy history of shoulder problems, but the Marlins believe it's unrelated to the right-hander's surgery and they intend to have him back on a throwing program Monday. Sanchez hasn't made a game appearance at any level since 2020.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Pitching in extended spring

    Sanchez (shoulder) will throw one inning in an extended spring training game Wednesday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.

    Sanchez continues to ramp things back up slowly as he works his way back from multiple seasons missed due to shoulder problems. It shouldn't be too long before he joins one of the Marlins' minor-league affiliates.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Checks out fine after sim game

    The Marlins announced Monday that Sanchez (shoulder) "felt good" after pitching in an extended spring training game over the weekend, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez is steadily building up from right shoulder surgery, and barring any setbacks, he looks like he should be ready to make his first appearance in affiliated ball since 2020 in the upcoming weeks. He'll throw a bullpen session Wednesday before likely facing hitters in another simulated game this weekend.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Pitching extended ST game Saturday

    Sanchez (shoulder) will pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday, Daniel Alvarez-Montes of ElExtraBase.com reports.

    After undergoing surgery on his right shoulder back in October, Sanchez first began facing hitters again earlier this month. Now, he's set to take the next step toward a minor-league rehab assignment. Sanchez hasn't appeared in a game at any level since 2020, so the Marlins will likely take it slow building Sanchez back up to the point where he can rejoin the Triple-A rotation.

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  • Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Facing hitters again

    Sanchez (shoulder) threw 15 pitches Monday in a live batting practice session, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sanchez, who was placed on Triple-A Jacksonville's 7-day injured list Friday, has taken the next step forward in his rehab from the arthroscopic right shoulder surgery he underwent in October by facing hitters, as he had previously been limited to throwing bullpen sessions during spring training. Because he hasn't pitched in a game since October 2020 and required another shoulder surgery in 2021, Sanchez will likely be ramped up slowly. He's still likely multiple weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment at a lower-level minor-league affiliate before he joins the Triple-A rotation.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 234 lbs
Birthplace: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R