Anibal Sanchez Injury

The Nationals have activated Anibal Sánchez from the 60-day injured list, allowing him to start tonight’s game against the Braves. Mason Thompson was sent to Triple-A Rochester in order to clear up a spot on the active roster for another pitcher. Washington shifted Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

For the first time since 2020, Sánchez will take the mound in the majors. Despite a 6.62 ERA in the short season, the 38-year-old right-hander was unable to find a contract offer he was happy with.

The Nationals signed him to a minor league contract last summer as part of his comeback push. Prior to his first scheduled start, Sánchez was forced to withdraw due to a cervical neck impingement, which cost him $2 million over the course of the season.

Anibal Sanchez Injury

There were three months of it that were lost, but he’ll be back for a 16th season in the majors. He’s pitched up to 5 1/3 innings in three rehab starts with Rochester in the last several weeks, so he should be able to push into the middle innings this time around. The Washington Nationals’ rotation, led by Sánchez, has the league’s worst ERA (5.73) so far this year.

Only one start has been made by Strasburg in the group. Recovering from his thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, he began his season on the IL in the first week of February. In June, he made a comeback appearance against the Marlins and threw 4 2/3 innings. During a bullpen session in between starts, he noticed increased soreness in his rib area and was shut down once more.

Anibal Sanchez Injury

A return to his previous TOS problems worried Washington manager Dave Martinez, who advised he go for further evaluation. It’s been more than a month since the last update from the team, and there have been no signs of development.

After his initial placement on June 11, he will be prohibited from participating in IL activities for a period of 60 days following this transfer. As of right now, it appears as though he will be out for at least three weeks, if not more before he is eligible to return.

After suffering elbow soreness in a recent bullpen session, Martinez indicated Wednesday that recovering reliever Sean Doolittle will consult with doctors (via Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post). Since the middle of April, the veteran southpaw has been sidelined with an elbow issue.

He’s already been on the IL for 60 days. After signing a $1.5 million guarantee during Spring Training, Doolittle made six appearances without recording a hit before suffering an injury that ended his season.

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