February 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Tigers invitee Eduardo Sanchez has stress fracture in elbow

Tigers non-roster invitee pitcher Eduardo Sanchez will be out for an extended amount of time with a stress fracture in his elbow. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Lakeland, Fla. — Spring training has ended early, and also abruptly, for right-hander Eduardo Sanchez, a non-roster invitee in the Tigers’ camp.

Sanchez threw four pitches before having to leave the Tigers’ opening game Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. An MRI on Thursday revealed a stress fracture in his right elbow.

He’ll be out an extended amount of time.

Sanchez, who turned 25 on Feb. 16, came to camp with major-league credentials. In 2011, he was 3-1 with five saves and a 1.80 earned-run average in 26 appearances for St. Louis, but he has made only 21 major-league appearances since — including the four he made last year for the Cubs, who picked him up off waivers from the Cardinals.

He was regarded as a long shot to win a bullpen spot with the Tigers this spring, more realistically being targeted for Toledo’s pitching staff.