Frustrating losses are beginning to become compounded by frustrating injuries. Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez appears to be the latest casualty. Trailing 4-1 in the fifth inning, Sanchez left today's game with what we were just told was right shoulder discomfort.
The fourth pitcher in Marlins history to toss a no-hitter had just thrown a strike to Jeff Francoeur when he looked down in frustration and failed to keep his glove up to haul in the throw back from catcher Ronny Paulino. A trainer came out to check on Sanchez before manager Fredi Gonzalez came out and replaced him with right-hander Burke Badenhop.
Sanchez began the 2008 season on the disabled list after missing most of the 2007 season following right shoulder surgery. He left Thursday after giving up seven hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Marlins are expected to get their fifth-starter Andrew Miller back on May 16th. But they'll likely need someone to pitch in Sanchez's next scheduled start which was supposed to be Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Sanchez has given up 16 earned runs in his last three starts, which have gone a combined 14 2/3 innings. That's a 9.81 ERA.