Down in Motown: Tigers’ Sanchez could be done for season

Sanchez is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 21 starts.

Dan Hamilton

Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez, who has been out since Aug. 9 due to a strained pectoral muscle, had a setback during a Monday throwing session. The Detroit Free Press reports that Sanchez will throw again when he’s pain free, while the team’s website says there’s "no timetable" for Sanchez’s return. Manager Brad Ausmus said, "By no means is he being written off," but added, "We still think there’s a shot he can come back." A shot? Yeesh.

Tuesday’s studs & duds

Stud: Madison Bumgarner flirted with a perfect game, and ended up shutting out the Rockies on one hit with 13 strikeouts. Not bad.

Stud: A homer, a steal, two runs scored and four RBI for Dustin Pedroia, also known as the guy my buddy Tim calls "that jockey on the Red Sox."

Stud: Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury hit two solo homers against the Tigers.

Dud: Giants C Buster Posey hit two home runs of his own, and knocked in all three runs to support his pal MadBum.

News & notes

Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen left Tuesday’s game after aggravating his rib injury, but says he expects to play today. The Bucs have a 12:35 p.m. ET start.


Royals SP Yordano Ventura will be skipped today because of a sore back. The Royals hope that this break is all Ventura needs, as he might just be getting tired. Ventura threw exactly 150 innings last season – his most as a professional – and is at 145 2/3 innings this season.

Mets 2B David Murphy is still day-to-day with an injured calf, while 3B David Wright could be in danger of a September shutdown due to a shoulder injury. Wright is currently day-to-day with a neck issue.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Cubs SS Javier Baez now has seven home runs and 40 strikeouts in 86 big-league at bats. All you have him for is the homers, right?

If Hyun-Jin Ryu has a successful bullpen session today, he could return to the Dodgers’ rotation as soon as Sunday.

The Red Sox hope that DH David Ortiz (foot) will be back in the lineup tonight. Manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Ortiz is "improved but … still needs another day."

Yankees OF Brett Gardner (ankle) expects to be back in the lineup tonight.

Brewers SP Matt Garza (oblique) might be ready to make a start next week, and it could be in Milwaukee instead of as part of a rehab assignment. 

Streaming starters

Jose Quintana’s poor outing dropped our record to 80-53 for the season. Today’s pick is Anaheim’s Hector Santiago (owned in seven percent of leagues) against the Marlins, while Thursday’s pick is Houston’s Collin McHugh (27.9 percent owned) vs. the Rangers. The banged-up Rangers started three major-league quality hitters in Wednesday’s game, and that’s only if you count Elvis Andrus.

See you back here tomorrow morning.