Tigers’ Nesbitt out 4-6 weeks with ankle sprain

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Angel Nesbitt

Lakeland, Fla. – Another blemish on what had been a relatively healthy spring camp has cost the Tigers reliever Angel Nesbitt for 4-6 weeks.

Nesbitt has a third-degree ankle sprain, which came during a Wednesday morning workout at the Tigertown complex. He was a long shot to make the Tigers bullpen. But his time at Triple-A Toledo might have been brief, given the nature of bullpen shuffling and Nesbitt’s high-velocity repertoire.

That timeframe has been altered, significantly.

“I thought he was throwing well,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before Thursday’s game against the Mets at Marchant Stadium. “I think the offseason did him some good. He was refocused.”

The Tigers are dealing with a sudden list of medical issues, most of which are minor.

Victor Martinez is still shelved with a strained left calf muscle. But he is expected back as early as this weekend.

Anibal Sanchez reported no problems after his 45-pitch session Wednesday. Ausmus believes Sanchez is on track to make an opening-week start when the regular season begins April 5.

Alex Wilson, likewise, is on schedule, although with two weeks of spring camp remaining, a right-handed reliever’s timetable is tight when he has yet to throw a game-caliber pitch.

Tigers catcher James McCann remained out of the lineup Thursday with a virus.