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Concern over Anibal Sanchez's innings; Hanley out

           After tossing five frames in Saturday’s 5-3 loss against the Cubs, Anibal Sanchez continues to pad his innings pitching total, logging a career-high 177 innings of work this season.

            And that amount is starting to concern Edwin Rodriguez. With pitchers Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco out for the season due to injuries, the Marlins manager doesn’t want Sanchez – whose previous career high for innings was 114.1 in 2006 – to overexert himself as the rotation’s No. 1 starter.

“That’s one thing that really concerns me,” Rodriguez said of Sanchez’s innings total. “He’s already been overworked and I don’t want him to feel like he’s the guy that needs to throw 120 pitches. I don’t want him to feel that way. I’m not going to allow that.”

“I don’t want him to feel like he has to go out there and shut everybody down. I would like to see that, but I don’t want him to feel that way.”

Following Saturday’s start, the Marlins right-hander acknowledged the danger of tossing so many innings, but maintained that wasn’t straining his shoulder to compensate for Johnson and Nolasco’s absence.

“I feel good,” Sanchez said. “I’m still OK. I know I don’t want to keep losing. I just want to start winning and be more consistent. But the most important thing is I’m OK and my arm is OK and I feel good.”

“Even if those guys were still here, I just want to do the same – try to win, try to help the team, try to do the best I can on the mound. I don’t feel any pressure.”

***Hanley Ramirez is out for the third consecutive game with a sore elbow

-Didier Morais

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oneatatime

i don't buy this "#1 starter" thing at this point in the season. Sanchez is a professional and goes out every fifth day and does his best.

He lost 30 pounds in the offseason to prepare himself and he has done a great job. If there is a concern about pitch count, that is fine, but considering the marlins are just playing out the schedule, no need to put any additional pressure on the guy when none should exist.

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