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Anibal Sanchez is taking it slow

Anibal Sanchez won't be ready anytime soon.

Anibal Sanchez isn't sure when he will be ready to rejoin the Marlins' starting rotation after surgery to repair his right shoulder, but he might have a better idea after he is examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews.

''Maybe by the All-Star break,'' Sanchez said Thursday as the Marlins gathered for a charity golf outing, with the official start of spring training nine days away.

One thing is near-certain: Sanchez, whose 10 victories as a rookie in 2006 included a no-hitter, probably won't be available to the Marlins until at least June, one year to the month after having surgery to fix a torn labrum.

Sanchez said Andrews is expected to look at his shoulder and decide whether he can increase his training regimen. The pitcher has been throwing at a distance of 90 feet on an every-other-day basis.

''I feel good so far, but I'm taking it really, really slow,'' Sanchez said.

I'm glad he has at least worked his way up to long-tossing.  But considering that is as far as he has progressed, don't look for him joining the club until around the All-Star break.  Of course, that is assuming no setbacks.

Once he starts throwing off the mound, we will know more.

There is absolutely no reason to rush him back, and the other thing is: there may be a difference between when he says he is ready, and when he is actually ready.

Wiley needs to keep a close eye on his mechanics.  Especially since if they are counting on Anibal to give an accurate account on how he feels, they can forget it.  Anibal is just like all the other young Marlins players -- He lies.