More shoulder problems for Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez

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Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has a long history of shoulder injuries, has been placed on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.

Sanchez has struggled for much of the season, but he’s been particularly bad recently while allowing 17 runs in 20 innings this month. Knowing the 31-year-old’s injury history and the fact that he’s still owed another $38 million for the next two years it’s possible the Tigers will simply decide to shut Sanchez down for the season.

In the third year of a five-year, $80 million contract, Sanchez has worked 182, 126, and 157 innings for Detroit while posting ERAs of 2.57, 3.43, and 4.99. Like much of the Tigers’ aging core, he’s very expensive and trending in the wrong direction.