Anibal Sánchez
P DET
1 week ago

Sanchez gave up seven hits and four earned runs in just three innings of work in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

It was the second straight bad outing for Sanchez, who allowed six earned runs in just 1.1 innings Thursday. He's done nothing so far this season to show that he deserves another look in the rotation. Expect Sanchez to continue pitching in low-leverage relief situations for the time being.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
2 weeks ago

Pitching in relief of starter Matt Boyd, Sanchez allowed five earned runs in 3.2 innings during Thursday's loss to the White Sox. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The strikeouts are nice, but that's about the only positive from this outing. Sanchez and Boyd battled for the No. 5 spot during spring training, and neither impressed on Thursday. Sanchez could potentially wrestle away that rotation spot at some point, but not if he pitches like this.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
4 weeks ago

Sanchez will pitch out of the Tigers' bullpen to begin the season, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sanchez was in competition with Matt Boyd for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but after a very pedestrian spring performance (5.03 ERA in 19.2 innings), the team has decided to transition the 33-year-old to the bullpen. He'll likely work in long relief and serve as an emergency starter if injuries arise to one of the arms in the rotation.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
1 month ago

Since trying out a new arm angle earlier this month, Sanchez has allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sanchez said he's not fully comfortable with the new throwing motion yet, but he is getting results nonetheless. "I'm still working," Sanchez said. "Even just a small movement on my arm, it's not the same that I've been doing for a while. I just continue working. I've got another bullpen, and I just need to continue to throw." He'll probably miss out on a rotation spot to begin the season, but perhaps Sanchez could be effective in a relief role with his new motion.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
1 month ago

Sanchez threw four perfect innings in Wednesday's spring training win over the Braves. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Sanchez's spring ERA still sits at 10.24, which points toward the struggles he's had to this point. But after experimenting with an arm angle slightly farther from his head earlier this week, it's good to see the veteran find some success. He'll likely begin the season in a relief role, but could find some spot starts down the road.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
1 month ago

Sanchez worked on an arm angle slightly farther from his head during a Monday bullpen session, MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran has struggled during spring training, allowing at least three earned runs in each of his three brief outings, so any tweaks are probably good at this point. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, a former MLB catcher, caught the bullpen, so he got a good view of Sanchez's stuff. The 33-year-old is likely ticketed for a long-relief role this season, though he could be a candidate for some spot starts.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
1 month ago

Sanchez allowed six hits and four earned runs over three innings in Thursday's spring training game against the Mets. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Like in his last spring appearance, Sanchez was done in by two home runs. The veteran has now allowed at least three earned runs in each of his three spring training outings. Considering he hasn't gone more than three innings in any of those games, the stat lines don't look great. Sanchez is probably on the outside looking in at a rotation spot.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
2 months ago

Sanchez said he was disappointed with how he pitched in his Cactus League debut Monday, but remained confident that he'll bounce back Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander's frustration with how he pitched seemed justified considering that he allowed three earned runs and four hits in just one inning of work. However, Sanchez did not sound overly concerned about being able to straighten things out prior to the start of the regular season. While it's tough to take much away from a poor outing this early in spring training, Sanchez will obviously need to improve his effectiveness in future appearances this March in order to have a shot at cracking Detroit's starting rotation.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
2 months ago

Sanchez said he's not feeling any of the shoulder soreness that plagued him during spring training a year ago, The Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

"I feel better than I have in a few years," he said. Sanchez has struggled the last two seasons, posting a 4.99 ERA in 2015 and a 5.87 ERA in 2016. That has the veteran behind Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd for the last two rotation spots at this point, but perhaps improved health will allow Sanchez to make a strong case during spring training.

Anibal Sánchez
P DET
3 months ago

Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be demoted to relief only to return to a starting role out of necessity. Sanchez's walk and HR/9 rates have gotten progressively worse in recent years, and it's difficult to imagine he will suddenly reverse those trends in his age-33 season. Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Mike Pelfrey will be in the mix for rotation spots as well.