Tigers Place Anibal Sanchez on DL

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Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list Monday, with a strained right shoulder.

After being scratched from his previous start because of muscle stiffness near his shoulder, Sanchez was pulled from Saturday’s game after pitching just 3 2/3 innings because his velocity was down.

Sanchez had an MRI on his shoulder Sunday which showed no damage.

The 29-year-old Sanchez signed a a five-year, $80 million contract with the Tigers this offseason.

In 13 starts for Detroit this year, Sanchez has posted a 6-5 record to go along with a 2.76 ERA, 1.15 WHIP while striking out 101 batters in 81 2/3 innings.

The Tigers will bring up left-hander Jose Alvarez to make Sanchez’s start Thursday versus the Boston Red Sox.

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