August 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Tigers 'hopeful' Anibal Sanchez will return this season; surgery ruled out

Detroit — Now we know what the pow-wow was about Tuesday.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before the game that pitcher Anibal Sanchez was examined in Florida on Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews.

“Dr. Andrews confirmed what the diagnosis was here and prescribed a treatment option,” Ausmus said. “We are still hopeful he will be back before the season is over.”

Sanchez has been out since Aug. 9 with a major strain of his right pectoralis muscle. He suffered a setback Tuesday when he felt a “needle-like pain” during his workout.

Ausmus, Sanchez, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski, assistant general manager Al Avila and trainer Kevin Rand met in Ausmus’ office after the workout.

Clearly, a trip to Dr. Andrews was recommended and arranged. Ausmus would not discuss what treatment Dr. Andrews prescribed nor would he say when Sanchez is next scheduled to throw.

He did, though, say surgery was not an option.

Reliever Joakim Soria took another step toward returning from his oblique strain. He threw on consecutive days for the first time. If there is no setback, he could be activated this weekend.

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Anibal Sanchez's last start was Aug. 8 at Toronto. / Robin Buckson / Detroit News