MIAMI -- Florida Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez wants
big league pay while he's on the disabled list with a shoulder
injury, and the Major League Baseball Players Association has filed
a grievance on his behalf.
The grievance contends Sanchez was injured when demoted to the
minors, in violation of the collective bargaining agreement, union
attorney Jeff Fannell said Wednesday.
The union contends Sanchez should be on the major league
disabled list, which would mean an additional salary of more than
$1,400 per day, Fannell said.
The Marlins said Sanchez didn't tell them about discomfort in
his pitching shoulder until after he was demoted May 4 to Triple-A
Albuquerque. He'll miss the rest of the season after undergoing
surgery June 21 for a torn labrum, and it's uncertain whether he'll
be ready for spring training in 2008.
Sanchez nursed a sore shoulder last offseason and made only six
starts this year, going 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA.
A meeting between the union and commissioner's office to discuss
the grievance is likely. If no settlement is reached, the issue
could go to arbitration.