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.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.