Anibal Sanchez to long toss Sunday, may throw off mound on Monday

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Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez is making some progress from a strained pectoral muscle. As MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports, the right-hander will long toss on Sunday, and if all goes well, he’ll throw from a mound, though he won’t face live hitters just yet.

Sanchez hasn’t started since August 8. To that point, he had compiled a 3.46 ERA with a 102/30 K/BB ratio in 125 innings. Rookie Kyle Lobstein has made starts a few starts in his place recently and has pitched well, though his underlying stats — a mediocre 16/10 K/BB and a .239 BABIP — may indicate some regression is to come, which would make the Tigers want Sanchez back sooner rather than later.

The Tigers entered play tonight a half-game up on the Royals in first place in the AL Central.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.