Tigers Shake Up Rotation By Pushing Back Anibal Sanchez's Next Start

Aug 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland watches Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitch after getting hit in the leg during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Tigers will move starter Anibal Sanchez to next week to give him a longer break while he works through struggles.

The second-place Detroit Tigers are trying to keep the Chicago White Sox in their sights in the AL Central, so they're sticking with the hot hand in their starting rotation and adjusting the rotation accordingly.

Doug Fister will pitch on normal rest, pushing back struggling right-hander Anibal Sanchez to early next week. Sanchez is 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA since arriving from the Miami Marlins in a trade. Fister is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA since July 12, as this Detroit News report points out.

Fister pitches on Sunday, but Sanchez isn't out of the rotation. Manager Jim Leyland feels Sanchez can get past his issues, though Sanchez allowed five earned runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 9-3 loss at Minnesota on Aug. 13.

The Tigers host the Baltimore Orioles this weekend at Comerica Park after Thursday's off-day.

For more on the Tigers, check out SB Nation blog Bless You Boys.

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