Anibal Sanchez likely to join Tigers’ bullpen this week

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Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez suffered a strained pectoral muscle on August 8 and then reaggravated it August 25. But he’s making swift progress now …

Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that Sanchez threw a successful simulated game on Sunday mornnig in Kansas City and will likely be activated from the disabled list by Wednesday if he wakes up feeling normal on Monday.

Sanchez hasn’t started a game in almost two months and won’t have the luxury of a minor league rehab game, so he’ll probably pitch out of the bullpen for Detroit for the remainder of 2014. There simply isn’t enough time to get him fully stretched out, but Sanchez could be a real weapon in mid-to-long relief for the Tigers in October. Detroit’s bullpen has been iffy this year, so it’s a good fit.

“If you put him down in the pen, he’d probably have the best stuff down there,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters after watching Sanchez work out on Sunday. “That’s a simple fact.”