Justin Verlander SP DET 16 hours ago

Verlander (triceps) is no longer listed as the starter for Thursday's spring training game. He could stay on schedule to make his regular season debut April 9 if he takes the ball Friday instead, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

The Tigers did not offer up additional information about Verlander on Monday morning, however, and using him in a minor league spring training game at the end of the week may be a prudent move as it would allow for a retroactive stint on the DL if he's not ready to pitch when the season begins.

Justin Verlander SP DET 2 days ago

Verlander (triceps) went through some light tossing Sunday, but manager Brad Ausmus indicated there's question surrounding whether or not he will make his next scheduled start, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Verlander's triceps issue is still believed to be minor, but his status is becoming more cloudy by the day. His next scheduled start comes Thursday, but it's possible he will be skipped. If that winds up the case, his status could come into question as the starter for the second game of the regular season.

Justin Verlander SP DET 2 days ago

Verlander (triceps) and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did not rule out the possibility that the injury that caused him to leave his start Friday in the third innings is a triceps strain, MLive.com reports.

Both Ausmus and Verlander emphasized that if he has suffered a strain, it's a minor one and that they don't expect him to miss much time. It's expected that further details will surface regarding the extent of the injury in the coming days, and Verlander is currently positioned to start the Tigers' second game of the regular season April 8 against Minnesota.

Justin Verlander SP DET 3 days ago

Verlander (triceps) will not need an MRI, and is still optimistic he will make his next scheduled start Thursday, MLive's James Schmehl reports,

He continues to say his level of concern is minimal, especially with the amount of time before his next start. Verlander said that even if it is a strain and not a cramp, it would be a mild strain, and he obviously feels he can pitch through whatever he's dealing with. This will be a situation to watch over the coming week, as his ability to make it through Thursday's start in good shape will likely determine his status for his first scheduled turn in the Tigers' rotation.

Justin Verlander SP DET 3 days ago

Verlander left Friday's start with a cramp in his right triceps, and he is not expected to miss his next outing, Lynn G. Henning of The Detroit News reports.

While the initial diagnosis is favorable, the Tigers will further evaluate Verlander on Saturday. If it's confirmed to be nothing more than a cramp, the veteran right-hander should be ready for Opening Day. Verlander called for a trainer in the third inning of Friday's game, after covering first base on a ground ball.

Justin Verlander SP DET 3 days ago

Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League game in the third inning with an apparent arm injury, MLive.com reports.

Verlander signaled for trainers after covering first base on a ground ball. The team has yet to provide an update, but Tom Gage of FOX Sports Detroit said Verlander didn't seem to be favoring anything when he ran from the dugout to the clubhouse. Reports from earlier in the day had Verlander's fastball consistently in the mid-90s.

Justin Verlander SP DET 3 weeks ago

Verlander gave up one hit and walked a pair of batters while striking out two over two innings in his 2015 spring debut against the Braves on Saturday.


Justin Verlander SP DET 1 month ago

Verlander threw apprixomately 60 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.Verlander has already generated a bunch of positive reports this winter, as he reportedly added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, following a highly disappointing 2014 campaign. Perhaps more important, he was able to get an earlier start on his offseason throwing program, after core repair surgery limited him in that regard last year. He's one of the more obvious bounce-back candidates, even if a return to his dominant peak form is unlikely.

Justin Verlander SP DET 2 months ago

Verlander said that he added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason, and he was able to begin throwing earlier in the winter in preparation for the upcoming season than he was a year ago when he was recovering from core repair surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.

While Verlander fared better during the second half of 2014 (7.4 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 3.97 ERA), he was still struggling to reach his typical levels in the strikeout department. Even with limitations last season, Verlander reached 200 innings for the eighth consecutive year. His stock has fallen considerably in early drafts, but he's just one season removed from piling up 217 strikeouts in 218.1 innings for the Tigers in 2013. Verlander is also exploring the possibility of using a new pitch this season, but it won't be clear until the games begin to count in April if he develops an offering that will actually be a part of his arsenal going forward.

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 months ago

Verlander will start Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, MLive.com reports.

Max Scherzer was the obvious choice for the Game 1 nod, but manager Brad Ausmus said there were several internal discussions about whether to start Verlander or David Price in Game 2. The team ultimately settled on Verlander, who allowed just two earned runs with 10 strikeouts against no walks over 15.1 innings in his final two starts. Price is thus set to start Sunday's Game 3 at Comerica Park.