The injury was discovered during exploratory arthroscopic
surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Sanchez
will wait three to four months before he can resume throwing, the
As a rookie last season, the Venezuelan pitched the first
no-hitter in the major leagues in 2½ years when he beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 2-0 on Sept. 6. He went 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 2006,
including a 5-1 record in September.
But Sanchez nursed a sore shoulder during the offseason and made
only six starts this year, going 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA while allowing
43 hits and 19 walks in 30 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A
Albuquerque on May 4 and then said his shoulder had been bothering
He hasn't pitched since.
The Marlins' vaunted young rotation has been plagued by injuries
this season. Elbow trouble has limited right-handers Josh Johnson
and Ricky Nolasco to five starts between them. Right-hander Sergio Mitre spent time on the disabled list because of a blister, and
left-hander Dontrelle Willis left his start Tuesday against the
Chicago White Sox after one inning because of a tight left forearm.