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Sanchez altered his offseason weight training program after missing time with a pectoral strain in 2014, the Detroit News reports.The right-hander was scheduled for his first bullpen session of the spring Friday, and it's expected that he's 100 percent healthy to begin the season. With the departure of Max Scherzer via free agency, keeping Sanchez healthy is even more important for the Tigers in 2015. Sanchez posted a career-low 1.10 WHIP last season, and may be undervalued as a result of never having pitched 200 innings in a season before.

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Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Sanchez (chest) is 100 percent during a session with the media in late January, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

A pectoral strain suffered in early August knocked Sanchez from the Tigers' rotation mix for the final two months of the season -- and the playoffs -- while a finger injury also led to a stint on the 15-day DL early in the season. Sanchez has never logged 200 innings a season, but he posted a career-low 1.10 WHIP in 2014 and should be primed for a rebound as long as he can avoid further injury woes this season.

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Sanchez will be available for Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS, Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.

Sanchez threw 30 pitches across two perfect innings in Friday's Game 2, but the workload will not prevent him from being an option for Sunday. While Sanchez is just getting over a pectoral injury, the Tigers' season is on the line, so it's certainly understandable that manager Brad Ausmus would want him available.

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Sanchez (chest) will be activated from the DL on Tuesday and will pitch out of the bullpen down the stretch, the Oakland Press's Matthew B. Mowery reports.

Unless a couple innings in non-save situations out of the bullpen have value to your team in the final week, Sanchez can be dropped in single-season leagues as he won't rejoin the rotation.

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Sanchez (chest) is slated to throw a simulated game Sunday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander threw 40 pitches off a mound Thursday, his third mound session of the week, and will now look ahead to facing live hitters Sunday morning. According to the report, Sanchez is upbeat about a possible return next week, though the team has yet to clarify whether he'll work as a starter or as a reliever immediately upon his reinstatement from the DL.

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Sanchez (chest) will throw his next bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

Once he completes that session, Sanchez will likely be on track to face hitters on Saturday. It's growing unlikely that he'll be available by the end of the regular season, but Sanchez looks like he could at least join the Tigers during a potential postseason run.

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Sanchez (pectoral) threw another mound session Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander got right back onto elevated ground Tuesday, a day after throwing his first bullpen session since suffering a setback with his pectoral injury in late August. Sanchez said that he's preparing to return as a starter, but added that he's certainly open to pitching out of the bullpen if that's what the team wants.

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Sanchez (chest) will play long-toss Sunday and will throw off a mound Monday if everything goes as planned, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

Sanchez is set to make another step forward in his return from a right pectoral injury. With not much time left in the season, he will need to progress quickly to find his way back to the roster before the postseason, assuming the Tigers make it. He will likely require a couple sessions of live batting and possibly a few bullpen sessions before returning, but is making progress.

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Sanchez (pectoral) played catch in the cages Wednesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

It represents a positive first step for Sanchez, who was shut down for more than two weeks after suffering a setback with his right pectoral injury back on Aug. 25. He said he felt good after playing catch, but the right-hander remains without a set timetable for a return, and with the Tigers having just 17 games remaining on the schedule, it seems rather unlikely he could make it back before the end of the regular season. A return for the postseason is certainly possible, if Sanchez continues to progress without another setback.

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Dr. James Andrews examined Sanchez on Wednesday and confirmed his diagnosis of a pectoral strain, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Sanchez was forced to cut his bullpen session short after just one pitch Tuesday, with the stabbing pain in his pectoral muscle too severe to press on. The Tigers opted to send Sanchez for a second opinion to gauge the true severity of the issue, and while the injury has been confirmed as a strain, there is still no timetable for the right-hander to return to the club. His season is very much in jeopardy, but the team is still holding out hope that he can contribute before the end of September.