Anibal Sanchez injury: Shoulder stiffness reportedly results in cortisone shot

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers right-hander will rest a few days before returning to the rotation.

A day after Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez was scratched from his start due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder, he received a cortisone shot.

(Tweets via Anthony Fenech of the Freep:)

Translated, Sanchez had a shot and will be resting for three days.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has not put a timetable to Sanchez's return. According to John Lowe at the @freeptigers account, Ausmus does not have a high level of concern with Sanchez and won't announce his next start until the right-hander plays some toss in a few days.

On Monday, Tigers trainer Kevin Rand told the media that Sanchez's shoulder pain should not be a cause for concern, despite the fact Sanchez missed time in June and the start of July due to pain in the shoulder.

"It's his right shoulder, so obviously there's a similarity," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed. "But there's no grave concern in his eyes." (via James Schmehl of MLive)

After returning from a short stay on the disabled list, Sanchez did not miss a start and had a 2.42 ERA during his final 16 starts of the 2013 season.

The good news: If Sanchez is able to stick to the tentative schedule, he should be set to make his start in the third game of the 2014 season.

This has not been a good spring for the Tigers so far. Earlier this month, Andy Dirks received surgery on his back. He will miss three months. Jose Iglesias was diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs after shin splints returned. He will miss at least half the season. Currently Rajai Davis is missing time due to a sore hamstring. He is scheduled to return to the lineup Friday.

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