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Tigers' Anibal Sanchez has setback, putting rest of season in jeopardy

Tigers right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9 with a right pectoralis major strain, had a setback after a throwing session Monday and it's unclear when or if he'll be available to pitch again this season.

Sanchez was asked if he was concerned that he might not be able to pitch again this season.

"Yeah, yeah," he said. "Especially with the situation we are (in) right now, of course I'm concerned. I don't like being on the bench, just seeing everything happen. I know the team is going to do very well, we're going to start playing better. Personally, I'm a very competitive person, and I like being on the mound all of the time."

Sanchez, 30, said it was hard to explain the pain he has experienced.

"It's something like when you got a needle inside you, and you try to move it -- that's the pain, like that," he said. "It really hurt. It's nothing like what I feel when I had my shoulder or elbow issue before. This kind of pain kill me when I feel it."

Sanchez said he had a problem "with the scar tissue inside."

"That's what tore 1/8Monday3/8 when I'm playing catch, and that's what I feel right now," he said. "I've got full motion in my arm, but it's still sore."

Sanchez said he had been feeling good before he threw Monday.

"I just need to follow the instructions of the doctors and trainers, and get ready as soon as I can," he said. "I don't know when, but hopefully I'm going to be healthy at some point."

Sanchez said the setback came when he threw a changeup.

"You throw one pitch, and as soon as I feel, I knew I have to stop, because I can't even move my arm," Sanchez said.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sanchez had backed up to 150 feet and was throwing good before the setback.

"It wasn't until he threw a changeup that he felt it," Ausmus said. "This isn't an injury that there's a lot of history with, so I can't really speak as to why, or what's going to happen next. It was pain yesterday, but he's feeling better today."

Sanchez had an ultrasound Tuesday.

"The ultrasound say I got full motion, and I feel really good on that," Sanchez said. "Right now, I'm just like back at the first day, heating and cooling the area. See what I'm going to do in the next few days."

Sanchez said he will throw again when he is pain free.

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