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.