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.
Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.
Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.
“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”
Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.
Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.
“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.
Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.