Sanchez visits Dr. Kaplan

A rough stretch for the Marlins just got even tougher.

Anibal Sanchez experienced pain after throwing a pitch on Thursday afternoon and he was removed in the fifth inning. He exited with right shoulder discomfort, and before the Marlins lost 4-2 to the Braves, Sanchez already was heading to team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. 

“When any pitcher comes out and tells you his shoulder hurts, and he was in pain, you’re thinking worst case scenario,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “But maybe it’s something just as simple as scar tissue breaking up. You don’t know.”

The 25-year-old from Venezuela threw a slider for a swinging strike to Atlanta’s Jeff Francoeur. Immediately, Sanchez indicated that something was wrong.

The right-hander walked behind the mound, and expressed frustration as assistant trainer Mike Kozak headed to the mound. Sanchez underwent right shoulder surgery by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2007. He has a 5.79 ERA in six starts.

Sanchez allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Burke Badenhop relieved Sanchez. 

The Marlins rotation already is thin with Andrew Miller still on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Sanchez’s spot in the rotation comes up again on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

If the Marlins stay on staff, long relievers Badenhop or Hayden Penn are candidates to fill Sanchez’s spot. Another possibility is lefty Dan Meyer.

– Joe Frisaro

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