Anibal Sanchez takes “a positive step” following setback

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Anibal Sanchez’s chances of pitching again this season took a hit two weeks ago when he suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained pectoral muscle, but the Tigers right-hander is now making progress again.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Sanchez played catch Sunday, which manager Brad Ausmus described as “a positive step.”

Sanchez has already been sidelined for a month, so his odds of building back enough arm strength to start again during the regular season aren’t great. However, the Tigers are probably just hoping he can get healthy enough to be an option in the playoffs.