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Tigers get good news on Sanchez
MRI on Futures Game star shows no ligament damage
Eric Lacy / The Detroit News
DETROIT -- The Tigers received good news about minor league pitcher Humberto Sanchez Saturday.
Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said Sanchez has inflammation in his right elbow joint but an MRI revealed no ligament damage.
"We're going to give him some more time," Rand said. "We're not going to throw him for probably a week to 10 day-period and then rehab him back.
Rand said the injury was “not unusual,” especially for a pitcher who has thrown a career-high number of innings this year.
Sanchez has pitched a total of 123 innings for the Toledo Mud Hens and Erie (PA) SeaWolves. Friday he was placed on the Mud Hens’ disabled list.
Sanchez missed two starts after feeling some tenderness in his elbow after his July 19 start at Pawtucket.
His first start since then was Thursday and he gave up three runs on five hits in four innings against Louisville.
"He played catch on the 4th," Rand said. "He was better. We just didn't give him enough time."
Sanchez came to Detroit and was examined by Dr. Robert Teitge, who also works with the Pistons.
“My expectation is we’d be able to get him ready to pitch again (this season),” Rand said. "Obviously, you'd like to get him back on the mound and I think we feel fairly confident that we'll be able to do that."
Sanchez is 5-3 for Toledo with a 3.86 ERA since he was called up on June 11 from Class AA Erie.
Along with outfielder Cameron Maybin, Sanchez was one of the players discussed in trade rumors before the July 31 trade deadline.
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