Anibal's pectoral injury confirmed by Andrews

Anibal's pectoral injury confirmed by Andrews

DETROIT -- On Wednesday, Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis of Anibal Sanchez's right pectoral strain, according to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

Ausmus reiterated Wednesday that he hopes to have his starting pitcher back before the end of the season. That wish comes a day after Sanchez himself expressed concern over whether his regular season has come to an end because of the injury that forced him out of his last start on Aug. 8 in Toronto.

"It depends how fast I heal," Sanchez said. "It's nothing like they're going to say, 'All right, you're going to wait for two weeks or one week.' It's nothing like that. It's how fast does my body heal that area."

Ausmus also said that surgery for Sanchez, last year's American League ERA leader, has not been discussed to this point.

Sanchez suffered a setback in his recovery on Monday, the club's off-day, while throwing.

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