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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%: 95/4 | Average Draft Position: 85.15
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Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander underwent MRI Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander underwent an MRI Thursday to get another opinion on his injured triceps muscle, according to MLive.com.

The MRI confirmed what the team already knew about the injury, which is that Verlander has a right triceps strain. Trainer Kevin Rand said Verlander remains in a holding pattern.

Verlander has had his last two scheduled throwing sessions pushed back because of soreness in in his arm and hopes to get back on the field to throw at some point this week.


Tigers' Justin Verlander's throwing session postponed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander won't throw light toss on Sunday, as originally planned, per MLive

Verlander is on the 15-day disabled list with a triceps injury. 

"I think we're going to wait until he really feels good," Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said late Sunday. "I don't think he felt bad (Sunday), but I think we're trying to wait until everything gets out of there, and then we'll go from there."

Verlander is not scheduled for an MRI, and the team said that there are no plans for any further tests on him. 

"The biggest thing is that we have to make sure everything is out of there before we go forward," Jones said. "He might've been able to pitch through it at the start of the season, but we didn't want to take that chance. I think if we would've taken that chance and he hurt it worse, we would've been kicking ourselves."


Justin Verlander has throwing session pushed back due to soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander's throwing session was pushed back one day because of soreness in his triceps. He is now expected to throw Sunday, according to the Detroit News.

Verlander is not expected to return to action on Tuesday against the Yankees. Kyle Lobstein will make his second start in Verlander's absence. 

"We expected him to be sore the next day," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLive.com. "But two days later, we expected he'd have recovered better.

"We're going to slow him down," Ausmus said. "He's a little more sore the second day than we'd planned, so we're going to slow him down a little bit."


Tigers' Verlander won't return Tuesday, Lobstein gets second start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (triceps) will not be returning from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Yankees, manager Brad Ausmus said Friday, per MLive.com. Kyle Lobstein will make his second start in Verlander's absence. 

Verlander was unable to complete his simulated game Wednesday due to shoulder fatigue. He also said his triceps were a bit "achy."


Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander leaves simulated game with fatigue


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was unable to complete his simulated game Wednesday due to shoulder fatigue, reports MLive.com.

Verlander said his triceps were "achy" and dealt with some fatigue, but never felt it grab him. 

"I would say it's lower now," Verlander said of his concern level. He threw 45 pitches and was able to throw his full arsenal, but laid off his curveball in the third inning. 

Manager Brad Ausmus said he will see how Verlander feels and decide his next step Friday, but will likely need another rehab start before rejoining the club, according to MLB.com.


Tigers' Justin Verlander throws 45 pitches Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (triceps) threw 45 pitches in three innings during a simulated game Wednesday, according to MLB.com. 

Verlander didn't show any discomfort during his outing, per MLB.com. However, he didn't throw many curveballs in his final inning of work. He hurt his triceps throwing a curveball late in spring training, and he didn't resume throwing it until a bullpen session Sunday.

Verlander is a candidate to rejoin the rotation Tuesday against the Yankees. However, manager Brad Ausmus indicated if Verlander couldn't throw more than 60 pitches Wednesday, then it might not be time to bring him off the disabled list.

"If he only throws 60 pitches and he doesn't feel great and we have to take him out, well, now it's tough to throw him right into a major-league game when he's got a 75-pitch count," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press.


Tigers' Justin Verlander could be a candidate to return Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) If Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander is able to throw more than 60 pitches during a simulated game Wednesday, he could be a candidate to return to the rotation Tuesday against the Yankees, according to the Detroit Free Press

Although, if he throws less than 60 pitches, it could be tough to start him with a 75-pitch limit, manager Brad Ausmus said. The Tigers are expected to make a decision on Verlander's status Thursday.

Verlander began the season on the 15-day disabled list due to a right triceps strain.


Ausmus: Tigers decision to activate Verlander to be made Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) The Tigers will make a decision on whether to activate starting pitcher Justin Verlander (triceps) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, manager Brad Ausmus told ESPN.

Verlander is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday. He reported no issues after throwing bullpen sessions Friday and Sunday.

Verlander is scheduled to throw at least four innings of 15 pitches in his simulated game Wednesday, according to MLive.com.


Tigers' Justin Verlander to throw simulated game Wednesday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who is recovering from a triceps injury that caused him to miss the start of the season, will pitch a simulated game Wednesday, per MLive.com. 

Verlander threw bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday and reported no pain from his triceps.

"Really good," Verlander said to MLB.com, "about as well as I could've expected. I didn't really feel anything at all, so just keep moving forward. It's a day-by-day thing, has been this whole time. Today I was able to throw a good bullpen. I didn’t feel anything. So next step is a simulated game."

The Tigers plan was to have Verlander throw a simulated game before coming off the disabled list, and his performance Wednesday may indicate when he will come off the DL. 


Tigers' Justin Verlander scheduled to throw 40 pitches Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander reported no issues with his triceps after Friday's 30-pitch bullpen session, and is scheduled to throw around 40 pitches on Sunday, per MLive.com.

"We'll have to see how he feels the next day," manager Brad Ausmus said, declining to look further down the road than that. "He's moving in the right direction."


Tigers' Justin Verlander throws 30 pitches on Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw 30 pitches off of a mound on Friday, according to MLive.com. 

Verlander threw all of his pitches except his curveball. He told reporters the session went well. Verlander is recovering from a triceps injury that placed him on the 15-day disabled list. If Verlander feels fine on Saturday he'll throw a full bullpen session on Sunday. 


Tigers' Verlander to throw in sim game before regular-season game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (triceps) will long toss Thursday and may do some flat-ground throwing, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters. Verlander, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, will not start Sunday against the Indians, but he might only miss one start.

"We'll have to do some type of simulated game for him before he goes into a regular-season game," Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "I can't tell you where we're going to slot him in, because really after Sunday, we could slot him in anywhere depending on how he felt. So I can't tell you where he's going to pitch at this point."


Tigers SP Justin Verlander goes on DL for first time in career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Tigers announced Wednesday starting pitcher Justin Verlander was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right triceps strain. The move is retroactive to March 29.

Verlander was placed on the DL for the first time in his 11-year career. The Tigers also announced Wednesday they recalled Kyle Lobstein from Triple-A Toledo. He is tentatively listed as Verlander's replacement for Sunday's start against the Indians. Lobstein made seven appearances, including six starts, for Detroit in 2014. He went 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA.

The six-time All-Star and 2011 AL Cy Young award winner has been sidelined since leaving a March 27 spring training start against the Blue Jays. He appeared to be progressing toward making his first start of the season Sunday before Wednesday's announcement.

"Early on it was kind of grabby, I guess. Right now it's more just kind of achy. It gets tired quickly," Verlander said.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander felt good throwing long toss Tuesday and is "extremely optimistic" Verlander will only miss one start, per the Detroit Free Press.


Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander may miss start Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was hoping to make his season debut Sunday, but his status may be in doubt, according to MLive.com.

Verlander, who is dealing with a triceps injury, was expected to be placed on the 15-day DL with the injury, but the team decided to hold him off in the hopes of making the start Saturday.

He tossed a 40 pitch bullpen session Monday.

"Ver threw (Sunday) off the mound," Ausmus said. "He felt great. The last couple pitches not as great. We'll wait to talk to him today to see how he feels."

If Verlander is placed on the DL Wednesday or later in the week, the Tigers are likely to bring up another starter to take his place, according to MLB.com.


Tigers SP Justin Verlander throws 40 pitches off mound Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (triceps) threw 40 pitches off a mound Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Monday.

"Felt good," Ausmus said of Verlander, per MLB.com. "The last couple pitches, not as good."

Verlander is scheduled to play catch Tuesday, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Verlander could also face hitters Tuesday.

The Tigers have not put Verlander on the disabled list. However, he is still not expected to pitch until April 12 at Cleveland at the earliest.


Tigers change course, hold off on DL stint for pitcher Justin Verlander


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Tigers have decided to hold off on placing pitcher Justin Verlander on the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

Verlander was expected to be put on the 15-day DL with a triceps strain on Thursday, but he will remain on the active roster for now, even though he will not be with the team in Detroit. The Tigers are still hopeful he can start next Sunday's game against the Indians after throwing a bullpen session this Sunday and facing hitters Tuesday.


Tigers' Justin Verlander will face live hitters in Florida on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander played catch and felt "extremely good," he told reporters, according to MLive.com.

Verlander will face live hitters on Tuesday in Lakeland. The 32-year-old right-hander is tentatively scheduled to come off the 15-day disabled list and make his season debut against Cleveland on April 12, depending on how his right triceps strain responds after Tuesday.


Tigers officially place Justin Verlander, Bruce Rondon on DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Tigers officially placed starter Justin Verlander (triceps) and reliever Bruce Rondon (biceps) on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, per the team's official website.

Verlander's stint on the disabled list will be backdated to March 28, leaving a chance for the 32-year-old right-hander to make his season debut against the Indians on April 12, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.

Rondon's stint is backdated to April 1. He will be eligible to return from the DL in mid-April.


Tigers' Ausmus: Justin Verlander will start the season on 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will not face the Twins next week, and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right triceps to start the season, according to Britt McHenry of ESPN. It's the first time he's headed to the DL in his major-league career.

"At least I can take solace in the fact that I'm going on the DL to help the team [carry an extra player]." Verlander said, per MLB.com and the Detroit News. "It's feeling better every day and that's a really good sign. Threw yesterday and it was OK. Threw today it was better."

Verlander's stint on the disabled list will be backdated to March 28, leaving a chance for the 32-year-old right-hander to make his season debut against the Indians on April 12, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.

"Essentially, he doesn't miss a start," Ausmus said, per MLB.com.

Verlander went 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP and 159:65 K:BB ratio over 206 innings in 2014. He has not won 20 games since 2011 when he won the AL CY Young award.


Tigers' Jeff Jones: Justin Verlander (triceps) feeling markedly better


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones told reporters that starter Justin Verlander felt markedly better on Thursday, according to the Detroit News.

Verlander, who is in danger of starting the season on the disabled list with right triceps cramp, has been limited to playing catch and is not scheduled to undergo any further tests on his triceps. He threw at 60 percent strength from 60 feet on Wednesday.


Tigers' Verlander will not pitch Friday; start of season in jeopardy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander (triceps) will not pitch in Friday's spring training game, leaving his status for the start of the season is in jeopardy, per MLive.com.

Manager Brad Ausmus hinted on Tuesday that the 32-year-old right-hander may need to start the season on the disabled list if he's not recovered from his right triceps camp. Verlander threw at 60 percent strength from 60 feet on Wednesday.

Ausmus told reporters that the idea of Verlander making his first start of the regular season on Wednesday seems a "little bit of a stretch" but hasn't been ruled out yet.


Tigers might have to put Justin Verlander on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Tuesday starting pitcher Justin Verlander might start the year on the disabled list after leaving his last spring start due to a right triceps cramp. 

"If we have to use it, we could," Ausmus said of placing Verlander on the disabled list, per MLive.com.

Verlander won't appear in another Grapefruit League game, but he could throw in a minor-league game Friday.

Although, if Verlander can't pitch Friday, then a disabled list stint could be coming. The Tigers would then backdate his time on the DL, meaning he could be available to make his season debut at the earliest April 12 at Cleveland.

"He says he feels a little bit better (Tuesday)," Ausmus said. "We'll see how he feels (Wednesday)."

There is no indication of a potential rotation replacement, if Verlander has to miss significant time. Verlander went 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in five spring starts.


Tigers' Justin Verlander will miss start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is not expected to pitch Thursday's spring finale as originally anticipated, MLB.com reports.

Verlander was lined up to start Thursday's game after suffering a triceps cramp Friday, but the probable pitcher notes for Thursday's game lists Shane Greene as the expected starter. However, he was able to light toss Sunday. If Verlander doesn't pitch by Friday, it's unlikely he'll be able to start the second game of the regular season.

"Once the soreness gets out of there, I've got to throw without soreness and get back into my throwing routine," Verlander said. "These are all things we'll have to address as it goes along. I really feel like today's like the crest of the wave. It's gotten a little bit better every day and I feel like today the soreness is just kind of in one spot. It should start to work itself out pretty quickly."

Verlander said that he did not throw Monday and will have to decide on a daily basis whether his triceps will allow him to throw.


Tigers' Justin Verlander feels better, light tosses Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said pitcher Justin Verlander said he was feeling better Sunday, and Verlander was able to take part in light tossing, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Verlander left Friday's start due to cramping in his triceps. Ausmus said Saturday that there were no plans to send the pitcher for an MRI.


'No mention' of MRI for Tigers' Justin Verlander


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Justin Verlander was having his best outing of the spring on Friday before being forced to leave in the third inning with an arm cramp. 

"The first couple were nice and easy," Verlander said, per MLive.com. "and then I threw a curveball and it just kind of felt like when I got extended that my tricep kind of grabbed on me a little bit. Then from that point on, the rest of the pitches I threw there was a similar feeling. When I got fully extended out, it just kind of felt crampy. It was weird. I've never really felt anything like that before. But it doesn't seem like anything serious."

On Saturday morning, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that there has "been no mention" of an MRI for Verlander, per MLive's James Schmehl. "They're still quantifying it as a cramp."

Ausmus added, "As of right now, I have no reason not to expect him to pitch in his next start."

Verlander is scheduled to do light tossing in the next day or two to see how he feels, Asmus said.