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Tigers' Sanchez, Norris to share start on Wednesday

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Cleveland – The Tigers all of a sudden have seven healthy starting pitchers, which is handy since they play a doubleheader Sunday, and will play another a week from tomorrow against the White Sox.

“You can never have enough starting pitching,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Anibal Sanchez (rotator cuff strain) and Daniel Norris (oblique) are expected to come off the disabled list and share a start Wednesday at Minnesota.

“Sanchy will start and he’ll be followed by Norris,” Ausmus said.

He said they would each throw between 45 and 50 pitches.

Justin Verlander and Randy Wolf are the starters in the doubleheader here Sunday. Kyle Lobstein will pitch Monday and Alfredo Simon Tuesday in Minnesota.

That means rookie Matt Boyd, who is approaching his innings limit, was skipped this time through the rotation.

“He will make another start, but not until the following series,” Ausmus said. “It may work out where Boyd reaches his limit at the same time (Sanchez and Norris are back in full). It may all come together.”

Ausmus said with the doubleheaders and the remaining two off days, it may be possible to stretch out Boyd's starts to keep him in the rotation through the end of the season.

Lobstein and Wolf could be skipped at some point.

Ausmus said he wasn’t prepared to announce the rotation for the home series against the Royals, which begins Friday.