Anibal Sanchez injury: Tigers P scratched from Sunday start; Jose Alvarez will be called up

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers will be without one of their best hurlers on Sunday as Anibal Sanchez will miss his start with shoulder stiffness. Jose Alvarez, who is dominating opponents in Triple-A, will start in his place.

Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez will not make his scheduled start on Sunday due to shoulder stiffness, the club announced on Saturday. Jose Alvarez, whose contract will be purchased by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo, will start in his place.

For more on the Tigers, visit Bless You Boys

Sanchez claims the issue is more with his upper back rather than his shoulder, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck (via Kurt Mensching at Bless You Boys), but believes a few extra days of rest will help alleviate the problem.

Sanchez is 6-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts this season. He's punched out 98 batters and issued just 19 free passes in 78 innings of work.

Alvarez, 24, is enjoying the best season of his eight-year minor league career. He's 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA and struck out 76 batters while walking only 15 in 74 ⅓ innings.

To make room for Alvarez on the 40-man roster, the Tigers transferred reliever Octavio Dotel to the 60-day disabled list.

More from SB Nation:

MLB draft results: First- and second-round picks

MLB draft has few surprises in first round

MLB draft: Famous bloodlines taken Day 3

Mets, Marlins go 20 innings | Part of MLB history

Vote for your favorite GIFs

Bois: The fall of the "Beef Animal"

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.