The news on Anibal Sanchez and Jonathan Papelbon:

■ SANCHEZ: After he pitched Saturday night, manager Jim Leyland didn’t sound concerned about him. But on Sunday morning, Leyland said that he was “a little concerned” about the right-hander.

“Concerned” is a word Leyland sometimes uses when he’s waiting for a player to return to form.

Sanchez made his first start Saturday night after he missed one start with shoulder tightness. He seldom looked like his dominant self. Leyland budgeted him for about 80 pitches. He removed him after two runs and 72 pitches, shortly after Sanchez gave up his first homer this season to a right-handed batter (Trevor Plouffe).

“We’ll see how it goes,” Leyland said of Sanchez, whose next start is scheduled for Thursday night against Boston. Leyland didn’t say anything Sunday to indicate he won’t make that start. Leyland declined to say if Sanchez will have a medical exam on the shoulder when the Tigers return home today.