James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that the Tigers have activated Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list. The team has not made a corresponding roster move, but are expected to prior to Sanchez’s start against the Red Sox tonight. Schmehl suggests it will likely be Robbie Ray. (Update: It’s not Ray.)
Sanchez had been sidelined since exiting his start on April 26 against the Twins with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. In five starts, Sanchez has a 3.13 ERA with a 24/11 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.