Anibal Sanchez did not make it out of the fourth inning in last night’s 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He only gave up two runs but also had four walks and his fastball only maxed out at 91 miles per hour. Here is a tweet from Tom Gage just now, he is the Tigers’ beat writer for the Detroit News:
is Anibal Sanchez going to get his right shoulder checked out? “I’m not going to discuss that” said #Tigers Leyland – sounds like yes to me
— Tom Gage (@Tom_Gage) June 16, 2013
Here is what manager Jim Leyland had to say after the game last night:
“I’m a little concerned about Sanchez,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “We’ll wait and see how that goes.”
I’m concerned about it,” Leyland said. “That’s why I went out there. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to smell stuff. It just didn’t look right coming out. Once again, I don’t want to put negative thoughts, I’m just saying it didn’t look (right). I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Well if Leyland is concerned about Sanchez’s shoulder, I think we should be a little concerned as well. However, Leyland I’m sure is taking every precaution he can with Sanchez and will make sure no further damage is done.
Furthermore, the worst that could happen is the Tigers move Sanchez and bring back Jose Alvarez back up from Toledo. It would give Sanchez to rest and be healthy for the games down the stretch and it would give Alvarez more major league experience.
However, I think the somewhat more concerning part is that these are games the Tigers should and need to win. The Twins are not complete garbage and do have some quality players on their squad but the Tigers are just a way better team. And the fact they haven’t had the best divisional record over the last few years but they do have a 15-10 record so far this season. The 15 wins are the most in the division and it’s not a fluke that they are in first. Let’s hope they can keep up the winning in the Central.
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