"It's good that he felt better today, but until he's completely pain-free, we won't do anything with him," Ausmus said.
Sanchez posted an 8-5 record with a 3.46 ERA in 21 starts prior to his injury. Detroit reliever Joakim Soria, who has a strained left oblique, threw a pregame side session at Progressive Field on Monday. The righty, who has been on the DL since Aug. 10, has thrown a baseball in five of the last seven days.
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