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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%: 92/59 | Average Draft Position: 9.43
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Justin Verlander allows three runs in Game 2 no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander didn't factor into the decision Friday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and one walk in five innings while striking out four in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Verlander fell behind after surrendering a two-run home run in the third inning, but his offense delivered five runs in the top of the fourth inning to stake him to a 5-2 lead. He gave up just one more run on an RBI single in the fourth and left with the lead, but the rest of the damage came courtesy of the bullpen in the eighth inning. The Tigers head to Detroit down 2-0 needing a three-game winning streak to advance. Verlander isn't expected to get another start this round, though the team could alter its pitching schedule on the brink of elimination.


Max Scherzer to start ALDS opener for Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Max Scherzer will start the first game of the AL Division Series. He will be followed by Justin Verlander, David Price and Rick Porcello in the rotation.

Justin Verlander continues heat-up with playoffs on horizon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander gave an encouraging effort Wednesday against the White Sox with a likely playoff appearance upcoming.

Verlander gave up one run on seven hits in eight innings to earn his 15th win. He walked none, fanned six and pitched shutout ball before an RBI triple by Dayan Viciedo in the sixth tied the game. He has allowed two earned runs in his last 15 2/3 innings pitched.


Justin Verlander turns in strong start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander turned in a strong start Friday against the Royals.

Verlander allowed one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the appearance. Verlander was exceptional to start the game, going seven scoreless innings to start things off. After giving up a double to open the bottom of the eighth, Verlander was pulled from the game. The run wound up coming around to score after Verlander left. He was charged with the run.

With the win, Verlander improved to 14-12. He'll take on the Twins in his next start. 


Justin Verlander dealing with blister


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a blister on his right thumb that may have contributed to him leaving Sunday's start against the Indians after only 5 2/3 innings, according to the Detroit Free Press. He did throw 109 pitches, though.

"It got a little worse today, but judging how it's been in the past, usually it takes getting a little worse before it heals properly," Verlander said. "After my last start, it wasn't too bad, but there's like a crack in there and it continues to pull and get deeper and deeper."

Verlander wasn't sure if the blister would heal in time for his next start Saturday at Kansas City, but he doesn't intend to skip a turn.

"We'll see," he said. "I'm going to pitch, whether it's enough or not. I'll figure it out."


Justin Verlander labors into the sixth


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander lasted 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Indians, receiving a no-decision in Detroit's 6-4 win. Verlander threw 109 pitches and allowed three runs on six hits, striking out six and walking three.

He'll face the Royals on the road Saturday.


Justin Verlander moves over .500


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander improved to 13-12 by going seven innings in Monday's 9-5 win over the Royals. Verlander allowed four runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one.

Verlander has yielded at least four earned runs in four of his last five starts, and his ERA stands at 4.82. He'll face the Indians at home Sunday.


Justin Verlander gets knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was knocked around Wednesday against the Indians. 

Verlander allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Cleveland chipped away at Verlander during the start. In the first inning, a two-run homer from Carlos Santana started the scoring. Verlander would get through the next two innings, but gave up two additional runs in the fourth. He again made it through two scoreless frames before giving up three more runs in the seventh. One run came after Verlander had already been pulled from the game.

With the loss, Verlander dropped to 12-12. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Justin Verlander admits shoulder was 'kind of fatigued'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander admitted his shoulder has been "kind of fatiged," according to MLB.com.

Verlander has missed time due to the issue, but was able to return without landing on the disabled list. He'll take on the Indians Wednesday. Verlander has a 4.68 ERA over 171 1/3 innings. 


Justin Verlander fans eight in win over White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander dominated the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, scattering one run on nine hits over seven innings to improve to 12-11 on the year. He struck out eight and walked two.

Verlander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last five starts. He owns a 4.68 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 27 starts (171 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Cleveland.

Justin Verlander remains in line to pitch Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will remain the scheduled starter for Friday, MLB.com reports.

It was previously reported that Verlander would be moved up to start Thursday, as the team has a hole in the rotation to fill after Robbie Ray was sent to the minors. Thursday's scheduled starter has yet to be announced.


Justin Verlander moved up to Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start Thursday's series finale against the Yankees on four days' rest, MLB.com reports.

Verlander was initially scheduled to pitch Friday, but he'll move up one day and take the spot of Robbie Ray, who was optioned to the minors after his last outing. Verlander surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win.


Justin Verlander pulls out a win against Twins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander had a tough start Saturday against the Twins.

Verlander allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Verlander was tagged relatively early by Minnesota. Though he was able to get through the first inning without allowing a run, he was tagged in the second. Kurt Suzuki was able to plate a run on a single with two outs. Verlander would work his way out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. The third inning proved to be troublesome. Verlander put the first two men to open the frame. Joe Mauer then drove in a run on a double. After picking up two strikeouts, Verlander gave up another double, this time bringing two runs home. 

The Tigers managed to give Verlander some run support, giving him a win. Verlander improved to 11-11. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start.


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.