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Anibal Sanchez hit by line drive, pulled from rehab start

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Anibal Sanchez's rehab start with Single-A Lakeland was cut short by a line drive to the left leg.

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Anibal Sanchez was pulled from his rehab start after 1 2/3 innings due to being hit in the left leg by a line drive. Sanchez was scheduled to throw 60 pitches for Single-A Lakeland, but was removed from the game for what is being termed precautionary measures.

This was not the news the Tigers wanted to hear after Sanchez's replacement, Jose Alvarez, was knocked around for five runs, four earned, over three innings in today's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

After an initial scare, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports it does not appear Sanchez suffered a serious injury. Asked for comment, the Tigers have stated definitive news on any possible injury won't be known until tomorrow.

Sanchez has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 17 with a strained right shoulder. Earlier today, Jim Leyland informed the media he was anticipating the injured right-hander would just need one rehab appearance, fully expecting his next start would be for the Tigers.

There's been no word if tonight's early exit will require Sanchez to make a second rehab start, further delaying his return to the Tigers' rotation.

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