With the Kansas City Royals breathing down their necks, the Detroit Tigers fans got some more bad news Sunday when the team put starter Anibal Sanchez and recent bullpen acquisition Joakim Soria on the 15-day DL.
Sanchez has a right pectoralis muscle major strain, while former Royals closer Soria has a left oblique strain. Sanchez, who is 8-5 with a 3.53 ERA this season, is expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks. Meanwhile, Soria injured his left side while warming up to go into Detroit’s Friday night 10 inning loss to the Blue Jays. Soria, whom the Tiger acquired in late July from Texas, is 2-4 with a 3.58 ERA and 17 saves.
Losing Anibal Sanchez breaks up the Tigers’ big four of Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, David Price, and Anibal Sanchez. No one is happier than Kansas City to see Anibal Sanchez out of the rotation over the next few weeks, since he has dominated Kansas City hitters throughout his career. Hopefully, Sanchez will still be on the DL, when Kansas City travels to Detroit September 8, 9, 10.
Joakim Soria was Detroits major acquisition to shore up Detroit’s bullpen problems, which has been a chronic sore point for the Tigers the last two seasons. The Tigers currently rank 12th in the American League with a 4.49 ERA.
Right now, everything is going Kansas City’s way. With the Royals riding a 6 game winning streak and holding a 7-1 lead on the Giants as of this writing, the Royals have pulled within 1.5 games of the A.L. Central lead. Losing Sanchez and Soria only helps the Royals.
The injuries may just make up for the Royals GM Dayton Moore inactivity at the July 31 trade deadline.
About time the Royals catch some luck. After 29 years of missing the playoffs, the Royals deserve some good fortune.