Tigers pitching prospect Robertson out 6-8 weeks

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera makes a nice play on a grounder by the Pirates' Jordy Mercer in the fourth inning Tuesday.

Lakeland, Fla. -- The Tigers announced Tuesday that right-handed pitching prospect Montreal Robertson would miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury.

“It was decided that he would try to rehab it,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Surgery would have cost him most of the season.

Robertson, who was likely to open the season in Double-A, suffered a shoulder subluxation (popped out but didn’t fully dislocate) while lifting weights over the weekend.

Sanchez update

Anibal Sanchez (triceps inflammation) is on pace to throw a bullpen session Friday or Saturday.

“Most likely Saturday,” Ausmus said.

Sanchez, for the second day in a row, threw comfortably on flat ground from 90 feet – and, against the team’s plan, beyond.

“Yeah, he did it by accident,” Ausmus said. “He was only supposed to go out to 90 but when I walked out to see how he was, he was about 15 feet past. But he said he felt good.”

Sanchez won’t throw Wednesday, but he will throw out to 120 feet on Thursday. If that goes well, he will throw from the mound. It will be the first time he’s thrown a bullpen since Feb. 22.

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Around the horn

Lefty set-up man Justin Wilson has been almost invisible this spring. He didn’t throw any live bullpens, didn’t pitch in either of the first two games and is not on the travel list for the two split-squad games Wednesday. Ausmus said there was nothing wrong with him physically and he is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Braves.

… Angel Nesbitt threw an impressive 1-2-3 inning Tuesday. His fastball touched 97 on the stadium radar gun.

… Mike Pelfrey will start for the Tigers against the Yankees in Tampa Wednesday. Buck Farmer and Shane Greene will pitch against the Pirates in Bradenton.

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