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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Verlander (triceps) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.
If that goes well, he should then be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Verlander has been out all season with a strained right triceps but has progressed nicely the last couple weeks after resuming a throwing program. Still, he probably won't be activated until mid-June even in a best-case scenario. May 22 - 4:17 PM

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Justin Verlander (triceps) threw all of his pitches during a 45-pitch bullpen session Monday.

"By far the most intense bullpen I've thrown yet," Verlander said. "It was all good." Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that the righty will likely throw one more bullpen session before the club makes plans for a rehab assignment. "He's moving forward," Ausmus said, "but we were kind of at this point earlier in the season, too, and we had a setback. So that's more reason to be cautious. We don't want to revisit that."
May 18 - 8:52 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) is scheduled to throw around 45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.

If all goes well with that session, Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus indicated that the next step could be a simulated game. He's finally making tangible progress toward a return to the rotation, though he's still at least a couple of weeks away barring setbacks.
May 17 - 8:07 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) is scheduled to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Verlander tossed 20 pitches from a mound on Tuesday and has felt no lingering effects. The veteran right-hander is still without a timetable for his 2015 regular-season debut, but he's finally moving in a positive direction.
May 14 - 12:30 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) threw a 20-pitch light bullpen session Tuesday at Comerica Park.

It was his first since a setback from his right triceps strain last month. He only threw fastballs and changeups, but Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said he was "very pleased" with what he saw. Verlander will likely need to throw another couple of bullpen sessions before facing hitters again, so he's still a ways off from rejoining the Tigers. Still, it's good news.
May 12 - 2:14 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) threw successful long toss from a distance of 120 feet on Sunday.

He continues to progress through his throwing program. He's tentatively scheduled to throw a light bullpen session on Tuesday, which will be the first time he'll be on a mound since resuming throwing. Barring any further setbacks, he should rejoin the Tigers rotation at some point in June.
May 10 - 4:53 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) stretched his long-tossing from 60 feet to 90 feet Friday.

Verlander was cleared to resume his throwing program Wednesday but will be brought along slowly. The Tigers aren't counting on him to return until next month.
May 8 - 2:57 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) made over 50 throws on Thursday morning without issue.

Verlander was cleared to resume his throwing program Wednesday after a week-long shutdown. He still has some lingering discomfort in his right triceps, but a third MRI taken Tuesday confirmed that there is no structural damage in the veteran's throwing arm. If all goes smoothly from here on out, Verlander might become an option for the Tigers' starting rotation in early June.
May 7 - 12:08 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

It confirms what Verlander essentially reported himself earlier Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been slow to get over the hump while battling a right triceps strain, but the third MRI he took Tuesday apparently showed sufficient healing. The Tigers didn't reveal details about Verlander's throwing program, but he'll be built back up slowly and won't return until next month.
May 6 - 1:48 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) indicated via social media on Wednesday that he's been cleared to resume a throwing program.

The right-hander's tweet, which came along with a stoplight set on green, read: "Green means go!!! Gas pedals on the right!" It sure sounds like he's been given the go-ahead to resume throwing following another MRI on Tuesday, but we'll know for sure when the Tigers provide an update on Verlander later Wednesday.
May 6 - 11:20 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Justin Verlander's (triceps) next MRI is scheduled for Tuesday.

It's the third MRI he's had, as the Tigers want to see how much fluid and inflammation is remaining in his right triceps. The hope is that there's enough improvement to where Verlander can resume a throwing program. Even if that's the case, he's not expected to be back this month.
May 4 - 5:49 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Justin Verlander (triceps) would "be looking at a June return" even if he's cleared to resume a throwing program next week.

Verlander will undergo a third MRI early next week to see how much fluid and inflammation is remaining in his right triceps. Even if the Tigers receive good news, Morosi says the right-hander would need a "full spring training" in order to rebuild his arm strength. Verlander has been limited to only "very light" tossing this week.
May 1 - 11:54 AM

Justin Verlander (triceps) did some light tossing again Thursday.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Verlander felt no discomfort. That's good news, but we won't know much more until he goes for a third MRI on his triceps early next week. Only then will the Tigers know how much more fluid or inflammation is remaining in his triceps. He's still quite a while away from returning.
Apr 30 - 5:57 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) played a "very light" game of catch on Tuesday.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said on Monday that Verlander wouldn't throw again until he had another MRI next week, but he was then allowed to throw 20 pitches from 60 feet or less on Tuesday. "We got input from a couple doctors and a very light catch is not going to impede healing at all," said Verlander. "If anything it may allow blood flow. Also, it won't get so cranky when I really do get the green light." The light catch doesn't change anything with Verlander's status. We should know more after next week's MRI.
Apr 29 - 11:16 AM

A second opinion of Justin Verlander's MRI results confirmed the initial diagnosis of a triceps strain.

Verlander remains shut down from throwing due to lingering soreness in the upper part of his throwing arm and he won't be cleared for catch until he's completely discomfort-free. The veteran right-hander seems unlikely to join the Tigers' rotation before the end of May. Kyle Lobstein has been filling in.
Apr 27 - 2:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
2Tyler Collins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Joba Chamberlain
3Bruce Rondon
4Angel Nesbitt
5Blaine Hardy
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Alex Wilson
8Joe Nathan