Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hagerstown.
Souza will then probably move up to High-A Potomac over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 10 because of a bruised left shoulder. An MRI taken last week showed no sort of structural damage.
David Murphy (oblique) has resumed core exercises.
Murphy landed on the disabled list August 10 with a right abdominal strain and is not expected to return to the Indians' active roster until mid-September. The outfielder was batting .262/.324/.384 with seven home runs and 55 RBI in 109 games before the injury.
Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday morning.
Verlander then walked into the office of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and got a high-five, signifying that he will indeed return to the starting rotation this Saturday against the Twins. Verlander owns a rough 4.76 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 158 2/3 innings this season and is likely to remain a risky fantasy play down the stretch. He's been sidelined since August 11 due to shoulder inflammation.
Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to face live hitters on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
It'll be his first taste of simulated action since being diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow back in early July. That injury pretty much always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but Tanaka is trying the rehab route first and having success with it so far. He threw all of his sliders in a 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon. The Japanese ace is aiming to return sometime in September.
Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.
James Schmehl of MLive.com says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games.