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Top Anibal Sanchez News

  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Reaches 60-pitch mark in rehab

    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.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Initiates rehab assignment

    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.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Building up through side sessions

    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.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Throws light bullpen session

    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.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Starts throwing program

    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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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Transferred to 60-day IL

    Sanchez (neck) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

    Sanchez has been dealing with a neck issue since shortly before his first scheduled start of the year. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com, the veteran right-hander recently underwent an MRI which confirmed he's still dealing with the nerve impingement in his neck. Sanchez will essentially need a full spring training once cleared to throw.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Still not throwing

    Manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Sanchez (neck) has yet to be cleared to begin a throwing program, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    The 38-year-old was scratched from his season debut April 11 with cervical nerve impingement in his neck, and he remains sidelined from throwing nearly three weeks later. Sanchez is without a timetable for his return and shouldn't be expected back in the near future.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Not yet throwing

    Sanchez (neck) hasn't yet resumed throwing, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Sanchez has been doing strength and conditioning work on his neck and back recently, but the fact that he isn't yet throwing suggests that he'll likely be forced to miss at least one more turn through the rotation. If he ultimately misses another start, Josh Rogers should continue to take his place in the rotation.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: To miss at least one more start

    Sanchez (neck) won't be ready to return from the injured list for his next start, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Sanchez earned a spot in the Nationals' Opening Day rotation but hit the injured list with neck stiffness prior to making his first start of the year. He'll miss at least one more turn in the rotation, with his expected return date still unclear. Josh Rogers is expected to remain in his spot for now.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Hits injured list

    Sanchez was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a cervical nerve impingement in his neck, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Sanchez had been scheduled to make his season debut Monday against Atlanta, but that assignment will now go to Josh Rogers instead. It's not yet clear if Sanchez will be forced to miss more than one start.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Not likely for Monday's start

    Sanchez (neck) is "doubtful" for Monday's start at Atlanta, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Sanchez has been dealing with stiffness in his neck, though his potential to take the first turn through the rotation remained unclear. With it now unlikely that Sanchez will take the mound Monday, it's possible that he will require a stint on the injured list. Josh Rogers is a top candidate to enter the rotation while Sanchez is sidelined.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Managing neck stiffness

    Sanchez dealt with neck stiffness during a throwing session Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Sanchez is scheduled to start Monday's road matchup against Atlanta, but his injury puts his availability into question. Even if the right-hander is able to pitch, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Nationals monitor his workload to prevent a more serious issue. Paolo Espino worked on stretching out during spring training, so he's a candidate to make a spot start Monday if Sanchez is unavailable.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Secures rotation spot

    The Nationals selected Sanchez's contract and added him to the 40-man roster and 28-man active roster Tuesday, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Washington optioned reliever Hunter Harvey to Triple-A Rochester to clear space for Sanchez, who will be part of the Nationals' Opening Day rotation. Though the 38-year-old was a key part of the Nationals' World Series-winning club in 2019, he struggled mightily in his last stint in the big leagues in 2020 (6.62 ERA, 1.66 WHIP in 11 starts) before sitting out the 2021 campaign entirely. Sanchez was touched up for 10 earned runs over four innings in his final Grapefruit League start March 30 against the Cardinals, though he must have fared well enough in his simulated game Monday for the Nationals to include him in their Opening Day rotation. Given his advanced age and the fact that he's three years removed from his last productive big-league season, Sanchez should probably be viewed as an NL-only fantasy option until his results warrant attention in mixed leagues.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Looks good in first spring outing

    Sanchez gave up no hits and two walks over 2.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He struck out three.

    After not pitching at all last season, the 38-year-old looked amped up in his first action of the spring, reaching 93 mph with his fastball. Sanchez is in camp with the Nationals on a minor-league deal but seems to be the favorite for the No. 5 starter spot despite posting a 6.62 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 53 innings for Washington in 2020.

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  • Nationals' Anibal Sanchez: Rejoins Nats on MiLB pact

    Sanchez agreed Sunday with the Nationals on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Sanchez sat out the 2021 season after not finding any offers to his liking following a series of throwing sessions in front of teams, but after staging another showcase Saturday, the 38-year-old has elected to resume his career. He'll be returning to a familiar locale in Washington, where he spent his previous two seasons. Though Sanchez was an integral member of the rotation for the Nationals' 2019 World Series-winning squad, he took a major step back in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, submitting a 6.62 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. The poor performance in his MLB season in addition to the year away from baseball were likely major factors in Sanchez having to settle for a minor-league deal, but he should be in good position to break camp as a member of Washington's Opening Day rotation. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced earlier Sunday that Joe Ross (elbow) is expected to be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks after recently undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur, while Stephen Strasburg might not immediately be ready to go for the start of the season while he builds up following a long layoff due to thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.

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  • Anibal Sanchez: Impresses during showcase

    Sanchez looked good during his showcase Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Sanchez had several teams present to watch him pitch Saturday, and Heyman reports that the right-hander looked so good that he received an offer 10 minutes after leaving the mound. The 38-year-old also held several showcases early in the 2021 campaign but ultimately didn't sign a contract due to a lack of offers that he felt represented his value. Sanchez made 11 starts for the Nationals in 2020 and posted a 6.62 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 53 innings.

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  • Anibal Sanchez: No plans to pitch in 2021

    Sanchez no longer has plans to sign with a team in 2021 after he was unable to find a deal he felt was commensurate with his value, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    After Sanchez submitted a 6.62 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over his 11 starts with the Nationals in the abbreviated 2020 campaign, he likely wasn't in the market for much more than a minor-league deal this winter, when he became a free agent. That reality prompted the 37-year-old right-hander to hold off on signing until the spring, hoping that injuries to starting pitchers around the league would improve his outlook. Though Sanchez received multiple offers after staging showcase events over the last few months, the incentive packages on those proposed deals apparently weren't enough for him to justify putting pen to paper. Sanchez hasn't indicated that he plans to retire, but a year away from the game following his poor results from 2020 likely won't help his case for finding work in 2022.

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  • Anibal Sanchez: Set for bullpen session

    Sanchez will throw a four-inning bullpen session Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Sanchez has been working out for about three weeks, and he is aiming to stretch out to 100 pitches before he signs with a team. Given the number of injuries around the league, there's a chance Sanchez finds a major-league deal despite his 6.62 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 11 starts last season.

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  • Anibal Sanchez: Another showcase on tap

    Sanchez (finger) plans to pitch in a showcase for a select teams Friday in Miami, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    With several MLB teams already feeling the effect of injuries to starting pitchers early on this season, Sanchez should have some appeal as a battle-tested veteran who's capable of eating some innings at the back end of a rotation. Sanchez was previously unable to complete a workout in front of teams earlier this month when he developed a cut on his finger, but the fact that he's scheduled a new showcase event suggests he's comfortable with his health.

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  • Anibal Sanchez: Suffers finger injury

    Sanchez suffered a cut middle finger during his showcase Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Sanchez was only able to throw 13 pitches in front of prospective teams Saturday before he sustained his injury. He'll be sidelined for approximately 7-to-10 days before he's able to resume throwing. Sanchez reportedly looked good during his throwing session, but it's not yet clear whether he'll land a contract, especially after he suffered a setback.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Age: 38
Experience: 14
Bats/Throws: R, R