{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Anibal's blister showing signs of healing

|
Anibal's blister showing signs of healing play video for Anibal's blister showing signs of healing

CHICAGO -- The blister that landed Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list no longer qualifies as gross, according to manager Brad Ausmus. It has healed past that stage.

"It's easier on the eyes," Ausmus said.

If Sanchez is able to return with the minimum 15-day stay on the DL, it'll look much better for Ausmus. At this point, all signs point to that.

"The rawness kind of seems to have gone away," Ausmus said. "It's just a matter now of building up the skin onto that finger where it can take the friction of the baseball coming off of it."

It's possible, Ausmus said, that Sanchez will throw on Wednesday.

The way the Tigers schedule plays out, even a minimum stay will require two starts from a fill-in. Detroit can roll with a four-man rotation through Monday. With Sanchez not eligible to come off the DL until a week later, the Tigers will need a fifth starter for May 6 and 11.

The best candidate to get the call, left-handed prospect Robbie Ray, delivered five shutout innings Monday for Triple-A Toledo to stretch his scoreless streak to 13 1/3 innings over his last two starts. He's 3-2 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts for the Mud Hens, allowing 27 hits over 28 1/3 innings with five walks and 21 strikeouts.

The Tigers would need to open a spot for Ray on the 40-man roster.

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.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español