Sanchez told media covering the Tigers on Tuesday that he suffered a setback during a throwing session the day before; After throwing a changeup, he felt a stabbing pain, like a needle, in the area of the injury. An ultrasound revealed the tearing of scar tissue, it was reported by MLive.com.
"As soon as I [felt it], I knew I had to stop, because I couldn't even move my arm," admitted Sanchez, who said he has full motion of his right arm.
Given there are just 32 games remaining in the season, there's a concern that Sanchez might be able to rejoin the team before the end of the season.
When asked if he's concerned that he might not be able to pitch again this season, Sanchez replied, "yes."
"Especially with the situation we are right now, of course I'm concerned," Sanchez said. "I don't like being on the bench, just seeing everything happen."
Sanchez has posted a 3.46 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 125 innings this season after leading the league in ERA in 2013. He's the third starter on a club with some of the best starting pitching in the majors. Considering the slump of Justin Verlander, the loss of Sanchez has been problematic on a team with thin relief pitching and a lack of viable rotation replacements.
The Tigers currently sit 1 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, and they're a half-game back in the wild card race.
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