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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Old Dominion
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (2) / DET
Contract: view contract details
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Multiple front office executives told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that they expect Justin Verlander to hit the trade block sometime in the next couple weeks.
The Tigers have made public their desire to cut payroll, and they currently have the American League's second-worst record at 34-42. Verlander is making $28 million in 2017, is owed $56 million the next two seasons and is 34. In other words, it's not difficult to connect the dots here. Verlander's full no-trade clause doesn't look like a stumbling block, as Lynn Henning of the Detroit News says that Verlander "will absolutely accept a trade to a valid contender." Verlander has been a disappointment this season with a 4.47 ERA, but he'd still be one of the best starters to hit the market and there would surely be interest. Jun 28 - 11:37 AM

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Justin Verlander gutted out his fifth victory of the year on Tuesday, giving up three runs on nine hits over seven frames against the Royals.

Verlander struck out six and walked one on the night. The Royals jumped on him for three runs in the first inning, with the first five hitters reaching base safely. He settled in masterfully though, keeping them off the board for the next six innings which allowed the Tigers' offense to come back. He'll carry a 4.47 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 92/44 K/BB ratio into Sunday's start against the Indians.
Jun 27 - 11:18 PM

Justin Verlander spanned 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday night, allowing four hits, three runs and a walk in a no-decision against Seattle.

Verlander collected a season-high 11 strikeouts. He tormented Seattle early, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Jarrod Dyson ruined his bid for perfection with a bunt single that eventually sparked a three-run rally. Verlander handed the bullpen a one-run lead but Shane Greene promptly gave it up by allowing four runs in the seventh inning. Last year’s Cy Young runner-up will carry a six-start winless streak into his next outing Tuesday against the Royals.
Jun 22 - 2:59 AM

Justin Verlander limited the Rays to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Verlander allowed runs in the second and third innings but settled in after that, keeping the Rays off the scoreboard despite allowing six hits and issuing five walks on the evening. He left in line for his fifth win but the Tigers bullpen couldn't hang on to the lead, leaving Verlander's record at 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 14 starts. The 34-year-old has been shaky this year but fared well against the Mariners, the team he'll next face, in a start in late April. That meeting will come Tuesday.
Jun 16 - 12:37 AM

Justin Verlander allowed three earned runs, five hits and four walks over five innings in a no-decision on Saturday in Boston.

Verlander labored a bit, throwing just 70 of his 108 pitches for strikes. The good news is that he racked up such a high pitch count after leaving his previous outing due to tightness in his right groin. He admitted the injury made him adjust a bit. "I was cognizant of it, but it made it through about as good as I could have hoped for," he said. "I was just, like I said, aware of it and not trying to overdo anything."
Jun 11 - 2:13 AM

Justin Verlander (groin) has been cleared to start Saturday against the Red Sox.

Verlander threw a successful bullpen session Thursday and didn't report any unusual day-after soreness Friday, so he's good to go. The veteran right-hander left his last outing with a sore right groin, but it doesn't look like it's going to be a nagging issue for him.
Jun 9 - 12:57 PM

Justin Verlander (groin) reported no issues after throwing a side session on Thursday.

Verlander left Sunday's start with groin tightness but seems to have weathered the storm. His MRI came back clean and the Tigers are "optimistic" he'll be on the mound Saturday against Boston. Minor league right-hander Drew Ver Hagen will be waiting on stand-by if Verlander can't get the green light.
Jun 8 - 7:43 PM

Justin Verlander (groin) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Verlander was experiencing discomfort in his groin during his Sunday start against the White Sox. He subsequently underwent an MRI which came back negative for any structural damage. All of this is somewhat precautionary and assuming that Verlander experiences no further discomfort over the next few days, he looks probable to make his next start when the Tigers head to Fenway to take on the Red Sox this weekend.
Jun 7 - 5:05 PM

An MRI taken Sunday on Justin Verlander's right groin turned up negative for structural damage.

Verlander began experiencing groin discomfort in the first inning of his start Sunday against the White Sox and he was removed from the game in the third, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called that move and the MRI "precautionary." It sounds like the veteran right-hander will be able to take his next turn in the rotation this weekend against the Red Sox.
Jun 5 - 9:59 AM

Justin Verlander underwent an MRI on his tight right groin after Sunday's game.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called the exam "precautionary" and said he expects Verlander to take his next turn in the rotation, but clearly there's at least some concern that the veteran right-hander might be dealing with a serious injury. Verlander left his start Sunday against the White Sox in the third inning, after needing 72 pitches to secure only six outs. There should be an update on his status in the next day or two.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 5 - 8:52 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Sunday's game that he's hopeful Justin Verlander (groin) will be able to make his next scheduled start.

Verlander was lifted from Sunday's start after two-plus innings for precautionary reasons due to tightness in his right groin. He struggled with his command in those two innings, needing 72 pitches to record six outs. It sounds like he should be able to go this week, but look for an update on his status in a couple of days.
Jun 4 - 9:56 PM

Justin Verlander was removed from Sunday's start against the White Sox for precautionary reasons due to a tight right groin.

Verlander was roughed up for two runs on six hits and three walks while throwing 72 pitches over two-plus innings, as it was clear something wasn't right with him from the get-go. However, it appears he's not dealing with anything serious. Verlander will probably be OK for his next outing, but check back for updates.
Jun 4 - 2:30 PM

Justin Verlander was lifted from Sunday's start versus the White Sox with an apparent injury.

The Tigers' trainer visited Verlander in the first inning but the right-hander stayed in initially. He was pulled after a second visit in the third. Verlander threw 72 pitches in his two-plus innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, as it was clear he wasn't feeling right. That he initially stayed in suggest whatever injury he's dealing with probably isn't serious, but the Tigers should have an update on him soon.
Jun 4 - 2:17 PM

Justin Verlander was dealt a tough-luck loss Tuesday, spinning seven frames of one-run ball against the Royals.

Verlander gave up six hits, walked just one and struck out five, throwing 116 pitches on the night. He yielded an RBI single to Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning, and that was enough with the Tigers managing just three hits and no runs on the night. Verlander entered the night with a 7.64 ERA on the road this season, so this was a step in the right direction away from Comerica Park. He'll be back at home against the Angels in his next outing.
May 30 - 11:33 PM

Justin Verlander cruised until a disastrous fourth inning, and he finishing having allowed six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

Verlander breezed through three scoreless frames before the Astros brought the lumber in the fourth. In that inning, he allowed a pair of two-run homers and yielded another solo jack, giving up five runs before it was all said and done. It was the second time in 10 starts this year that he's given up three homers. After a resurgent 2016 season, the 34-year-old hasn't shown that same dominance in 2017, owning a 4.87 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the year. Verlander will try to get things straightened out next week against the Royals.
May 26 - 12:34 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Mikie Mahtook
3Andrew Romine
4Matt den Dekker
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf