Sanchez not bothered by HRs as Tigers tie Phillies, 4-4
MAR 29, 5:49p ET | DANA WAKIJI
Rotowire: Mar 5 / 10:45a ET
News: Sanchez tossed a pair of scoreless innings against the Orioles in his spring debut Wednesday.
Impact: Facing a lineup that was predominantly comprised of Baltimore regulars, Sanchez threw 14 of his 21 pitches for strikes while allowing just one runner to reach base in the outing. Health is the biggest obstacle for Sanchez, who is undoubtedly hoping to reach 200 innings for the first time in his big league career at age 31 this season.
Rotowire: Feb 20 / 11:44a ET
News: Sanchez altered his offseason weight training program after missing time with a pectoral strain in 2014, the Detroit News reports.
Impact: The right-hander was scheduled for his first bullpen session of the spring Friday, and it's expected that he's 100 percent healthy to begin the season. With the departure of Max Scherzer via free agency, keeping Sanchez healthy is even more important for the Tigers in 2015. Sanchez posted a career-low 1.10 WHIP last season, and may be undervalued as a result of never having pitched 200 innings in a season before.
Rotowire: Feb 2 / 4:05p ET
News: Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Sanchez (chest) is 100 percent during a session with the media in late January, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: A pectoral strain suffered in early August knocked Sanchez from the Tigers' rotation mix for the final two months of the season -- and the playoffs -- while a finger injury also led to a stint on the 15-day DL early in the season. Sanchez has never logged 200 innings a season, but he posted a career-low 1.10 WHIP in 2014 and should be primed for a rebound as long as he can avoid further injury woes this season.