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Robbie Ray to replace Anibal Sanchez, will start Tuesday

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The centerpiece of the Doug Fister deal will get his first big league cup of coffee next week. The Tigers have announced they will call up Robbie Ray to a make spot start against the Astros on May 6.

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Anibal Sanchez's blister has him on the 15-day disabled list and leaves the Detroit Tigers in need of a spot starter on May 6 and May 11.

That job is going to Robbie Ray.

The team announced today the 22-year-old left-hander will make his major league debut next Tuesday against the Houston Astros. Ray is not on 40-man roster, so some personnel shuffling will have to made before Ray is officially called up.

Ray was the centerpiece of Dave Dombrowski's controversial Doug Fister trade, which also brought relief pitcher Ian Krol and infielder Steve Lombardozzi to Detroit. But it was Ray who was targeted by Dombrowski as a young, cost-controlled pitcher whom he believed could step into the Tigers' future starting rotation within the next year or two. Apparently, the future is now.

Having spent 2013 split between high Single-A and Double-A in the Washington Nationals' system, Ray began this season at Triple-A Toledo. The young lefty has made Dombrowski look good with a 3-1 record and 1.59 ERA in five starts.

2014 stats updated through April 28
Robbie Ray
Ray G IP ERA WHIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9 K/BB
Level
2013 minors 27 142.0 3.11 1.25 0.8 1.59
6.67
2.58 A+, AA
Career minors 74 361.0 4.14 1.34 0.8 3.8 9.0 2.33 ---
2014 minors 5
28.1 1.59 1.13 0.32 1.9 6.2 4.20 AAA
Career minor league stats are through 2013 season

There's no timetable as of yet for Sanchez's return, but he is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 12.