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Smyly takes encouraging step with bullpen session

Smyly takes encouraging step with bullpen session

Smyly takes encouraging step with bullpen session
CLEVELAND -- Drew Smyly threw 20 pitches off a mound Tuesday in his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain. It won't mean much as far as the Tigers' rotation, it appears, but it's at least encouraging news in terms of his health.

Smyly's rotation spot essentially had been filled the last two turns by top prospect Jacob Turner. Come Saturday, Anibal Sanchez will take it over, having come over from the Marlins Monday night for Turner, Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn.

Unless the Tigers end up with another rotation spot to fill, Sanchez is expected to slot in alongside Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Doug Fister. The Tigers can send Smyly out on a Minor League rehab assignment for up for 30 days.

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