Tigers place pitchers Anibal Sanchez, Joakim Soria on disabled list

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria have been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the Detroit Tigers after injuries suffered in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sanchez sustained a right pectoral muscle strain but is expected to return in 3-4 weeks.

Tigers’ president/GM Dave Dombrowski said the timetable for Sanchez is flexible depending on his recovery.

“Really, nobody can give that answer yet,” Dombrowski added.

Meanwhile, relief pitcher Soria is out due to a left oblique strain.

“They’re usually two or three weeks,” Dombrowski stated on Soria’s timetable.

The injuries to Sanchez and Soria took out a large portion of the Tigers’ pitching staff which helped carry the team whenever they had offensive struggles.

Taking Sanchez’ spot is Robbie Ray, which begins when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates next week.

The left-hander went for 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in three starts, he allowed eight runs on 19 hits over 15 1/3 innings.

Although Ray struggled in his previous showings, Dombrowski believes he has been throwing better.

The Tigers are not rushing on finding replacements for Soria although candidates are in place.

Left-hander Ian Krol is a leading candidate and is expected to return.

Justin Miller, who is performing well in Toledo, is also seen as candidate for Soria’s spot.

Miller had a 3-1 record, 1.89 ERA and .190 opponents’ batting average entering Sunday’s game.

The Tigers are also looking at Jim Johnson, although they will be deciding if they would offer him a Major League deal.

Manager Brad Ausmus said it will not be the same without Soria.

“I don’t think we’ll take another name and fill in the hole,” Ausmus added.

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