Anibal plays catch; Wilson to rest shoulder

Sanchez working through triceps inflammation; reliever cautious with general soreness

February 29th, 2016
Anibal Sanchez plays catch with pitching coach Rich Dubee on Monday morning. (

LAKELAND, Fla. -- News on the Tigers' injury front was encouraging for Anibal Sanchez and discouraging for Alex Wilson.

Sanchez, sidelined since last week with right triceps inflammation, played catch Monday morning with pitching coach Rich Dubee, stretching out to 90 feet on his throws. Sanchez said he felt fine, and manager Brad Ausmus said he looked good.

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Sanchez will throw from 90 feet again Tuesday, then stretch out.

"He needs to get out to 120, which could happen in the next couple days, before he gets out on the mound," Ausmus said.

While Sanchez begins throwing again, Wilson will be shut down for the next few days with what Ausmus called a tender shoulder.

"Just general soreness," Wilson said. "It's more precautionary, I think."

The caution comes from last year, when Wilson's heavy workload led to soreness down the stretch. While his 75 1/3 innings between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo -- 70 of them with the Tigers -- was slightly more than his 69 2/3 innings in 2014, the bulk of the work came in a career-high 59 Major League appearances.

Still, Wilson said, it's a different situation than the shoulder soreness that bothered him last year. His current soreness is near the back of the shoulder, while last year he felt sore closer to his biceps.

"It's all good soreness," Wilson said, "just a little more soreness than normal."

In past years, he might have tried to throw through it, since he'd be fighting for a job. With his spot in Detroit's bullpen secure, he's not taking any chances this year.

"This is the first year I've even contemplated taking a day [off]," he joked.

Elsewhere on the injury front, relief prospect Montreal Robertson -- ranked by as the Tigers' No. 26 prospect -- underwent tests Monday to determine the severity of damage in his right shoulder, which popped out while he was working out in the weight room Saturday.

Ausmus said the injury was a freak accident.

"He was really just trying to push himself up, and somehow [the shoulder] popped out," Ausmus said.

Tigers win exhibition

The Tigers haven't lost their traditional exhibition game against Florida Southern College since 1992, and they haven't tied since 2005. Their winning streak seemed in jeopardy for a while Monday until JaCoby Jones' three-run homer put Detroit ahead for good in a 7-2 win at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Jones, the Tigers' eighth-ranked prospect, pulled a drive onto the left-field berm with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Catching prospect Austin Green added a solo shot.

Kevin Ziomek, Detroit's sixth-ranked prospect, tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts in the start. Non-roster lefty Drake Britton tossed a perfect seventh inning to get the win.