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35 Justin Verlander SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 2/20/1983 | Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Old Dominion | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/39 | Average Draft Position: 9.43
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Justin Verlander to start Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start Game 2 of the team's Saturday doubleheader, according to the Detroit Free Press

Verlander has been sidelined since August 11 due to a shoulder injury. Verlander has been able to get through his bullpen sessions without any issues, and is ready to make his return. He has a 4.76 ERA over 158 2/3 innings. 


Justin Verlander appears set for Saturday start after bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander seems likely to make his scheduled start Saturday against the Twins, after getting through a bullpen session Thursday.

Verlander, who missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder soreness, got through a 35-pitch session without issue. According to MLive.com, he walked into manager Brad Ausmus's office after the session to deliver a high five, undoubtedly a good sign.

Verlander has not pitched since lasting just one inning in his Aug. 9 start against Pittsburgh. 


Justin Verlander says he's set to start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers embattled right-hander Justin Verlander expects to start Saturday in Minnesota, though that is not set in stone, per MLive.com.

Verlander has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with shoulder soreness. He would return with a 10-11 mark, uncharacteristically high 4.76 ERA and just 118 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings.


Justin Verlander says he's starting Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said he's planning to start Saturday, according to mlive.com.

The move is not guaranteed yet, but Verlander is "penciled in" to make the start. Verlander has been sidelined since August 11 due to shoulder soreness. He'll take on the Twins if he can make the start.


Justin Verlander could start Saturday for Tigers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander could start Saturday, according to the Detroit News.

Verlander threw from flat ground Tuesday without any issues. He'll from a bullpen session Thursday, and could start Saturday depending on how that session goes. He's been sidelined since August 11 with shoulder soreness. 


Justin Verlander able to throw off flat ground Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was able to throw off flat ground Tuesday, according to mlive.com.

Verlander threw from about 50 feet. It was the first time since he was diagnosed with shoulder soreness that he attempted to throw. Verlander was been sidelined since August 11 due to the injury. 


Justin Verlander resting until Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who was scratched from his Sunday start against the Mariners due to shoulder inflammation, won't attempt to throw until Tuesday, according to MLive.com.

"From there, it could go in a number of directions," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He could put the ball back down, or he feels OK to throw a bullpen (session) in the next day or two following that Tuesday."

If Verlander shows improvement and avoids a stint on the disabled list, he could start during Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.


Tigers still figuring out Justin Verlander's recovery plan


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) The Tigers are still trying to figure out the best plan for Justin Verlander's recovery, according to the Detroit News.

Verlander will miss his next start, but made it clear he doesn't want to be placed on the disabled list. "I have never been on the DL in my career and I don’t plan to be now," according to Verlander. Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters the club is not considering surgery for Verlander. They are, however, still waiting to get more opinions on how to handle Verlander moving forward. "We are still waiting on some diagnosis from other doctors to make sure we’re all in agreement and headed in the right direction," Ausmus said. 

Over 158 2/3 innings, Verlander has a 4.76 ERA. 



Robbie Ray surrenders four runs in loss vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Tigers pitcher Robbie Ray took a loss Tuesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks in five-plus innings and striking out five in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Pirates.

Ray (1-2) was making his first start with the Tigers since May, and he got into trouble in the second inning, giving up two runs on three doubles. The Pirates tacked on another run in the third after a leadoff double. Ray didn't allow any runs in the fourth and fifth but walked the leadoff batter in the sixth before being removed, with the runner eventually scoring. He owns a 5.31 ERA and 14:8 K:BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings. Ray is scheduled to face the Rays next Tuesday, but he could be bumped up to Sunday depending on the status of Justin Verlander.


Any hope for Justin Verlander still?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) After disappointing up to that point, Justin Verlander turned it on about this time last season, compiling a 2.27 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings over his final six starts. OK, so it was more like a couple weeks from now, but you get the idea: It was late.

And if you've stuck with him all this time in Fantasy, it's because you've hoped for a similar turnaround this season -- maybe something a little sooner, but just as definitive. Given the latest turn of events, though, I'm not holding my breath.

Verlander's shoulder hurts. It hurt before Monday's game at Pittsburgh, and it hurt during it. And if those four earned runs in one inning of work are any indication, it hurt bad. But here's the interesting part: It didn't affect his average fastball velocity, which was about the same as in his previous start.

Of course, it's been down all year, and even more so recently, which makes me wonder if his shoulder has been at less than full strength all along. The Tigers say it's only inflammation, but isn't that more of a symptom than an injury? Granted, in most cases of inflammation in a shoulder, it ends up being just that, but given Verlander's downfall, I can't help but wonder if something else is at work there.

In my latest post to the Fantsay Baseball Today blog, I discussed the possibility of releasing Verlander, and though I'd tend to shy away from it, I don't think it's the craziest move you could make.


DL not expected for Justin Verlander


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder, but is not expected to go on the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday.

Verlander had an MRI taken on the shoulder Thursday, which revealed the inflammation, but with no structural damage with it. Verlander will likely have to miss Sunday's start, but the team is hopeful he can make his next turn in the rotation.

Robbie Ray is likely to fill in for Verlander, who made it through just one inning in his latest start.  


Justin Verlander scheduled for MRI


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will undergo an MRI Tuesday in Detroit after exiting Monday's start after just one inning with shoulder soreness, the Detroit Free-Press reports.

Verlander said after the start that the issue had been "lingering for a while," but he didn't specify a timeframe on how long he's been pitching with the bum shoulder. The team lost the former Cy Young award winner to injury on the same day they slipped into second place in the division. Verlander owns a 4.76 ERA and 118:55 K:BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings.


Justin Verlander removed from start with shoulder soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was removed from Monday's start against the Pirates due to right shoulder soreness, and he'll be re-evaluated Tuesday, the Detroit Free-Press reports.

Verlander, who has never been on the major-league disabled list, gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and two walks in one ugly inning of work but managed to record three strikeouts. He gave up a single to start the first inning and walked two of the next three batters to load the bases with one out before surrendering a three-run triple. The Pirates picked up a run on an error and anothe run on back-to-back singles before Verlander struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Verlander owns a 4.76 ERA and 118:55 K:BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings.


Justin Verlander allows two runs in loss vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was stuck with a loss Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out five in his team's 5-1 defeat against the Yankees.

Verlander (10-10) was victimized by the long ball Wednesday, serving up solo home runs in the fifth and seventh inning but still turning in his fourth straight quality start. Verlander owns a 4.57 ERA and 115:53 K:BB ratio in 157 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Monday.


Justin Verlander encouraged by progress after Friday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) One-time Tigers ace Justin Verlander can now be considered their third starter at best, but he was encouraged by his start Friday night in Colorado. It marked just the second time in 23 outings this season in which he pitched at least eight innings. It also provided his fourth win in last six starts.

"I think pitching is constant tinkering," he told MLive.com. "You're always working on things. This year I made more drastic adjustments than I would have liked but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction. ... I felt lke my breaking ball was better (Friday night). I felt like the slider, when it was right, was really good. I threw a few really good ones later in the game that had a lot of late, sharp bite to them."

Verlander walked none in the defeat of the Rockies after yielding six walks in 13 2/3 innings in his last two starts combined. He has six quality starts in his last eight outings.


Justin Verlander goes eight strong in win over Colorado


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander turned in a gem Friday night at home against the Rockies, improving to 10-9 on the year. The right-hander permitted two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings of a 4-2 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Verlander has permitted eight earned runs. He owns a 4.66 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP over 23 starts (150 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday in New York against the Yankees.

Justin Verlander posts quality start in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was stuck with a loss Saturday after giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 4-0 defeat against the Angels.

Verlander (9-9) has turned in back-to-back quality starts, but he's also issued three walks in each of his last two games. He gave up a solo home run in the second inning before the Angels were able to score two more runs in the sixth. Verlander owns a 4.79 ERA and 105:52 K:BB ratio in 142 2/3 innings. He's set to take on the Rockies at home Friday.


Justin Verlander surrenders three runs in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander picked up a win Monday after giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Verlander (9-8) gave up a pair of runs in the fourth inning and then served up a solo home run in the sixth, but he was able to hang on for his first quality start in his last three games. He owns a 4.84 ERA and 101:49 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings. Verlander is scheduled to take on the Angels Saturday.


Justin Verlander looks good until the seventh


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Embattled Tigers starter Justin Verlander had a two-hit shutout through six innings Sunday against the Royals. But he loaded the bases on three straight singles, then allowed an RBI infield hit and an RBI grounder.

Verlander left with the game tied 2-2, but the bullpen allowed three more runs, two of which were charged to Verlander. In 6 1/3 innings, Verlander struck out three, walked one and yielded six hits. He's 8-8 with a 4.88 ERA entering the All-Star break.

Verlander's next start is scheduled for July 21 at Arizona.


Tigers set rotation following All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Tigers set their rotation for after the All-Star break. Anibal Sanchez will face the Indians on Friday, and Max Scherzer will pitch one of Saturday's doubleheader games. Drew Smyly will face Cleveland on Sunday. Detroit has not announced who will pitch the other Saturday game.

Then Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello will throw July 21 and July 22 at Arizona.


Justin Verlander manages to win despite poor performance


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander managed to pick up a win Tuesday despite turning in a poor performance.

Verlander had it rough from the get-go. After striking out Dee Gordon to open the game, things fell apart. A Yasiel Puig walk was followed by three straight Dodger hits, which scored three runs. Following an Andre Ethier flyout, Juan Uribe homered, driving in two. 

Despite being down 5-0, Verlander managed to get himself together over the next five innings. He retired the next 12 Dodgers in order before finally walking Hanley Ramirez to open the sixth inning. Detroit provided a ton of run support for Verlander, giving him the win.

With the win, Verlander moves to 8-7 on the year. His next start will come against the Royals. 


Justin Verlander rebounds from bad first to earn win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander appeared doomed for disaster after surrendering home runs to Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss in the first inning. But it was the Athletics who were doomed.

Verlander, who has bounced back from a miserable slump in his last three starts, pitched shutout ball in the last five innings despite giving up six more hits, including four in the third inning. He finished with two earned runs allowed on nine hits in six innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

He has not been dynamite lately, but he has yielded seven earned runs in his last 19 innings. His win Wednesday was his first since May 30. He will try to make it two in a row Tuesday against the Dodgers.


Justin Verlander finding strikeout form again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) The power is coming back for Justin Verlander and so are the strikeouts. The Tigers one-time ace, who has struggled mightily much of the season, has fanned a more characteristic 16 in his last two starts, covering 13 innings.

"I feel like I'm still a power pitcher with the work I'm putting in," Verlander told MLB.com. "It's going to come back."

Verlander and pitching Jeff Jones studied film of his most successful periods as opposed to his recent performances and came to the conclusion that Verlander was moving laterally on the mound rather than forward to maximize his velocity. The result has been two quality starts despite no-decisions and the increase in strikeouts.

"I felt like this was something we have to do to get back back to where he was," Brad Ausmus said. "As pitchers get older and more mature, they have to make adjustments because, physically, they're going to change."


Justin Verlander fans eight in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tossed his second quality start in a row Friday, but took a no-decision in a 4-3 loss.

Verlander tossed six solid innings in the outing, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked just one batter and struck out eight, his second straight start reaching that number, after failing to do so for 12 straight starts.

Verlander is still winless over his last five starts, but has been much improved over his last two outings. He has a 6-7 record and 4.80 ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Athletics. 


Mechanical adjustment pays off for Justin Verlander


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander made a few mechanical adjustments prior to Saturday's start, according to mlive.com.

Verlander worked to correct the issue all week, throwing a 40 pitch bullpen session immediately after his disastrous Tuesday start. He also added throwing sessions from flat ground throughout the week in order to stay on top of the issue. Verlander said he changed "a bunch of things."

"Bad habits start to creep in a little bit and before you know it there's a bunch of things that that causes," he said. "It's kind of a spiral effect. Just one little malfunction can lead to a bunch of other things." Though Verlander's adjustments led to a strong game, he said he wasn't done just yet. Verlander added that he'll continue to make his adjustments more natural heading into his next couple starts.