After suffering a painful setback in his recovery from a chest injury, Anibal Sanchez received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews today. The go-to orthopedist for baseball injuries performed an ultrasound, confirming the original diagnosis of a strained right pectoral muscle.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus added surgery has not been discussed, but Sanchez will remained sidelined for some time. It's hoped Sanchez will return before the end of the regular season, but there is no set timetable for his return.
"(Andrews) prescribed a treatment option," Ausmus said. "And we're still hopeful that he can be back before the season is out."
The team has a rehab schedule for Sanchez in mind, but Ausmus would not discuss details.
"I'm going to keep that in-house," Ausmus said. "But right now, he has to get the treatment first."
As to who would get the starting assignment in Saturday's doubleheader, Asumus confirmed Max Scherzer will take the mound on one of the games. But Ausmus admitted the team has not yet decided on a starter for the second game, be it Robbie Ray or Buck Farmer.