With Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day DL with what’s being said to be a pretty nasty looking blister/laceration on his right middle finger, the speculation begins to spin as to who replaces him in the rotation? With that said early on it appears that Robbie Ray, the young lefty acquired in the Doug Fister trade is the top early candidate according to Chris Iott of Mlive.com.
Who will replace Anibal Sanchez in the rotation while he spends time on the disabled list with a right middle finger laceration? The top candidate appears to be the young pitching prospect the Tigers obtained in the offseason in the trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals.
Left-hander Robbie Ray is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in four starts for Triple-A Toledo this season.
The Tigers, of course, won’t say who will start in place of Sanchez. There’s no reason to do so at this point. A couple perfectly placed rainouts and the Tigers wouldn’t need to call up anyone. But the Tigers have liked what they have seen out of Ray.
The problem with Ray aside from his lack of Major League experience is he isn’t on the 40-man roster which means a corresponding move would have to be made to accommodate. Other guys possibly in like to move into the rotation include Duane Below (who has Major League experience), Kyle Lobstein, Drew VerHagen and Derek Hankins all of whom have ERA’s over 5.00 which isn’t surprising considering the tremendous depth Dave Dombrowski has provided the organization.
Ray though provides an interesting option though considering it may provide some justification for what still looks to be a meaningless and stomach turning Doug Fister trade during the offseason.
Then again Ray appears to be the only real option in that laughable Tigers farm system.