Detroit Tigers Still Won’t Put Timetable on Justin Verlander’s Return


Jun 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) gives the ball to manager Brad Ausmus (7) as he leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Ausmus was on MLB Network Radio this afternoon to discuss the team, and revealed some insights — or, rather, lack of insights — into Justin Verlander‘s mystery triceps strain.

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Justin Verlander appeared to be nearing a return two weeks ago — he threw a simulated when the Detroit Tigers were in Pittsburgh — but his rehab process was eventually shutdown after fatigue plagued his throwing arm and the strain continued to be a problem. Verlander had a second MRI last week that showed inflammation but no structural damage.

Ausmus brought up the All-Star break to say that he’d be shocked if Verlander wasn’t ready by then, but the fact that he’s even bringing up a date in mid-July is concerning. Both the Tigers and Verlander have been trying to downplay the injury since he last threw in a game — back on March 27 in spring training — but we’ve passed the month threshold and he’s still playing “extremely light toss”.

Kyle Lobstein has performed admirably in his three starts filling in for the injured ace, but the Tigers are going to benefit from having a healthy Verlander back in the rotation for the long haul. They’re making the right decision by not rushing him back, but the lack of clarity is frustrating for fans.

There’s nothing anyone can do but wait, and hope that he’s back to 100% when he returns. And if he gets back to anything close to vintage Verlander, the worth would be well worth it.

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