Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 26 with a nasty blister on his right middle finger — described at the time as a laceration. The initial hope of the Detroit medical staff was that he would be fully healed after that 15-day stint, and all signs are pointing in that direction.
According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, Sanchez threw his first bullpen session Tuesday at Comerica Park before the Tigers’ game against the Astros and reported no discomfort. Sanchez is eligible to be activated Monday, and could start that night in the Tigers’ series opener versus the Orioles in Baltimore.
Sanchez has a 2.93 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 279 2/3 innings since joining the Tigers in mid-2012.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.