Anibal cautious after positive light-toss session

Anibal cautious after positive light-toss session

DETROIT -- Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez had another light-tossing session on Wednesday in his effort to work his way back from a right pectoral muscle strain. His return, however, remains a ways away.

With rain falling at Comerica Park on Wednesday afternoon, Sanchez played catch in the batting cages underneath the stands. He felt no discomfort, which was good news, but he is still proceeding cautiously.

The plan, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, is for Sanchez to stretch his arm long-tossing on Friday.

The Tigers aren't putting out a timetable on when Sanchez might be ready to pitch, relying instead on how Sanchez feels before proceeding.

"I'm glad I don't feel anything right now," Sanchez said before Wednesday's series finale against the Royals. "Just keep working."

Sanchez hasn't pitched since Aug. 8, when he felt a strain throwing a pitch in the fifth inning against Toronto at Rogers Centre. He was on track for a return on Aug. 30 before suffering a setback.

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