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Verlander (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday and is on track to start one game of Saturday's double-header against Minnesota, MLive Media Group reports.

Verlander threw 35 pitches, which was enough to determine he'll be ready to return to the mound Saturday. In his last outing, which he departed after just one inning, Verlander allowed five runs on four hits and issued a pair of walks. He'll look to rebound, but the Tigers could very well have him on a pitch count in hopes of avoiding a re-aggravation of his shoulder issue.

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Verlander (shoulder) is scheduled to toss a light bullpen session Thursday with the intention of starting one game of Saturday's doubleheader at Minnesota, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.

It's unclear if Verlander's pitch count will be capped Saturday, but the his first appearance since a disaster on Aug. 11 will soon come to pass.

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Verlander (shoulder) played catch for approximately 10 minutes from 60 feet Tuesday, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. Speaking of the session, Verlander said, "Definitely felt a whole lot better. There wasn't that can't-get-loose feeling. Arm felt loose and felt good."

With the hope that he'll return Friday in Minnesota, the throwing session effectively doubled as a bullpen session. Expect him to fit in a bit more activity before week's end, but his first appearance since Aug. 11 will likely include a capped pitch count, which has yet to be released.

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Verlander (shoulder) hopes to start next Friday at the Twins, the Associated Press reports.

Verlander was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation after leaving his last start with soreness after one inning. He isn't scheduled to pick up a baseball until Tuesday, when he will try some short tossing. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander's schedule will be based entirely on how he feels then, but the goal is for him to start next Friday.

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Verlander was diagnosed Tuesday with inflammation in multiple places in his right shoulder, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. Speaking to Jason Beck of MLB.com, manager Brad Ausmus said, "There was no major structural damage. At this point, we don't expect him to go on the DL."

Although Verlander will miss one start, at least, that sound you hear is a sigh of relief from his owners. An organization's expectations are always subject to change, but his next nod will ultimately be determined by how his body reacts to extended rest. In the meantime, Robbie Ray figures to handle Verlander's spot in the rotation, if the latter is unable to go Sunday against the Mariners.

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Verlander is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore shoulder Tuesday, Chris Lott of MLive.com reports.

Verlander lasted just one inning in his start Monday, and was pulled after allowing five earned runs and throwing just 40 total pitches. The news is a bit concerning, as it's the first injury-related MRI he'll undergo in his career. The heavy innings totals over the years may finally be starting to take their toll on the right-hander. More information should be released once the Tigers receive the results.

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Verlander left Monday's game with right shoulder soreness and will be further evaluated Tuesday.

He lasted just one inning, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and two walks, before getting pulled after throwing 40 pitches. It wouldn't be surprising to hear that Verlander has a shoulder injury, given the mileage on his arm (200-plus innings every year since 2007). The blow would be lessened for fantasy owners this season, as it's been the worst of his career. He now has a 4.76 ERA, which is among the 10 worst in baseball among qualified starters. We should know more about the severity of the injury Tuesday.

Justin Verlander SP DET 15 Days

Verlander (10-10) allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

Verlander recorded his fourth straight quality start, but emerges from that stretch with just a 2-2 record. He allowed two solo home runs in this one off the bats of Chase Headley and Brian McCann, and that proved to be the difference, as his Tigers were only able to muster one run of support. Despite the tough-luck loss, Verlander should be confident in his recent performance entering his next start Monday against the Pirates. He'll then face the Mariners in the second game of his two-start week.

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Justin Verlander took a loss after giving up three runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

Verlander still hasn't turned in any dominant efforts of late, but this makes five quality starts in his last seven outings. He came through against a pretty good offense in this one.

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Justin Verlander beat the Diamondbacks by allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-3 victory.

Verlander struck out five and gave up six hits and three walks. The quality start and victory are nice to see, but we're still waiting for a dominant performance by the formerly elite ace. Verlander hasn't allowed less than two runs in an outing all season (though he did escape one five-inning outing with no earned runs on his ledger). The right-hander was 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA in 2008, and he's headed towards similar numbers if he can't turn things around soon. Verlander will bring a 9-8 record and 4.84 ERA into a scheduled outing against the Angels on Saturday.