DETROIT – Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez isn’t sure when he might return from a right pectoral strain after a setback this week left him dealing with more pain.
Sanchez said he was feeling better Tuesday, a day after his latest problem. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says Sanchez will not be able to return for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit has struggled this month amid injuries to Sanchez and Justin Verlander. Spot starters Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer failed to get out of the second inning in their most recent outings.
Verlander is now back in the rotation.
Around the leagues
Major League Baseball has denied a protest filed by Tampa Bay involving a disputed pickoff throw in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Toronto. Seattle rewarded general manager Jack Zduriencik with a multiyear extension with the club in playoff contention late in the season. Kansas City is skipping right-hander Yordano Ventura’s next turn in the rotation to rest his sore back, clearing the way for Liam Hendriks to make his first start for the club since arriving in a trade from Toronto.