Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

Verlander earned the win Monday, going seven innings of four-run ball against the Royals.

The victory pushed his record to 13-12, but also saw his ERA jump up to 4.82 for the season. Verlander has now allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts and has just one quality start in his last five attempts. He'll face the Indians at home this weekend.

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

Verlander gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits over 6.2 innings in a losing effort Wednesday.

The Cleveland offense found ways to put runs on the board against Verlander in the first, fourth and seventh inning Wednesday. Verlander has been missing bats more regularly over his last three starts (21 strikeouts in 19.1 innings), but been hittable during that span while the opposition has racked up 12 runs on 26 hits during that span. Verlander will face the Royals on Monday in his next start -- the beginning of a crucial series with Kansas City as the two clubs battle for the AL Central crown.

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

Verlander worked seven solid innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and two walks while piling up eight strikeouts in Friday's 7-1 win over the White Sox.

Verlander surrendered a run in the bottom of the first Friday night, but followed up with six straight scoreless frames en route to his 12th victory of the campaign. In his best performance of the second half, the 2011 AL Cy Young winner surrendered less than two runs in an outing for just the second time this season and first since April 17. Verlander will attempt to build off this effort Wednesday versus the Indians.

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

Verlander surrendered four earned runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings in a win over the Twins on Saturday. He also struck out six and walked three.

The win brings Verlander's record back up to .500 at 11-11, but he wasn't able to bring down his ERA on the season -- which now sits at a very non-Verlander-like 4.82 through 26 starts. It was nice to see him grab the W after departing early in his last start with shoulder inflammation, but the Tigers (and fantasy owners) will want the 31-year-old Cy Young winner to tighten things up in the final month of the season, especially with Tigers battling for their playoff lives.

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

Verlander (shoulder) has been confirmed as the starter for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.

Shoulder soreness cut Verlander's last start short after 40 pitches, and while an MRI revealed just inflammation, the Tigers decided to play it safe and skip the right-hander's next turn. Upon completion of a bullpen session Thursday, Verlander received clearance to oppose Trevor May in Saturday's nightcap, but the Twins aren't the pushovers they used to be, having scored more runs than any team in baseball since the All-Star break (158).

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

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.

Justin Verlander SP DET 6 Months

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.

Justin Verlander SP DET 7 Months

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.

Justin Verlander SP DET 7 Months

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.

Justin Verlander SP DET 7 Months

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.