LAKELAND, Fla. — Sometimes a little personalized instruction is all it takes to learn something new.
Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez received some one-on-one help from his manager and pitching coach March 13, as the starter threw a bullpen session to manager Brad Ausmus while pitching coach Rich Dubee watched.
Sanchez has struggled this spring, giving up 11 runs and 15 hits in three appearances. To rectify this, Sanchez is trying to change his arm slot, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.
Hoping to help his ailing pitcher, Ausmus, a former catcher himself, offered to take part in the session.
“I’m used to seeing it from that angle, so it’s easier for me to judge,” Ausmus said.
The future remains unclear for Sanchez. If his fastball regains its previous velocity, he could make the starting rotation. If not, he would probably be relegated to a middle-relief role in the bullpen. The Tigers still owe the veteran right-hander $21 million dollars, so they are unlikely to cut him.