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Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez still feeling effects of Thursday's line drive off his right shin

JUPITER -- The pain hasn't gone away for Anibal Sanchez. In fact, he said Sunday that it has begun to spread.

Anibal Sanchez The Marlins No. 4 starter, hit on his right shin by a line drive back to the mound during his last start on Thursday, said he's begun feeling discomfort in his ankle as the swelling in his shin has gone down.

"I'm okay, but my ankle is hurting a little bit and I'm not sure why," Sanchez said. "I think the inflammation is going down and that's affecting my ankle some, causing discomfort."

Sanchez said he completed his bullpen session Saturday without much discomfort. But he couldn't push off his ankle on Sunday and was walking gingerly in the clubhouse. 

"During my bullpen I felt very good," Sanchez said. "I thought I was going to be better today. But that hasn't been the case."

This wasn't the first time Sanchez was hit on his shin. He said David Wright plunked him in the same spot during spring training in 2007. Thursday, it was the Mets' Russ Adams who hit him.

"It was the same pitch a fastball inside to Wright," Sanchez said. "This one was a fastball outside."

As much as it hurts, Sanchez said he doesn't expect to be out long. He's scheduled to start Tuesday in Port Charlotte when the Marlins face the Rays. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Sean West would probably pitch in Sanchez's place if he's unable to go. 

"It's still very early in spring training," Sanchez said. "I've made a few starts and I have a few left, even if I miss this next one. My arm feels great, I don't have any problems. I'll just try to recuperate as fast as I can."

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