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Reliever Sanchez out with stress fracture in elbow

Reliever Sanchez out with stress fracture in elbow

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Eduardo Sanchez's Spring Training is on hold after just four pitches. The Tigers right-hander is out indefinitely with a stress fracture at the tip of his elbow.

The fractured olecranon is a relatively rare injury, but it might sound familiar in Tigers circles. Former reliever Joel Zumaya suffered a similar injury four years ago. Zumaya needed season-ending surgery to repair his injury, but the Tigers say no determination has been made yet on whether Sanchez will need the same.

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Either way, Sanchez's Spring Training could be over after only one appearance. He entered Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Braves at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex and gave up a leadoff hit before requiring attention from the trainer.

The Tigers signed Sanchez as a Minor League free agent over the winter, bringing him to camp as a non-roster invitee. The 25-year-old Venezuelan pitched parts of the last three seasons in the big leagues with the Cardinals and Cubs, and he was expected to be part of the bullpen at Triple-A Toledo.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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