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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Verlander was charged with three runs over five innings in Friday's ALDS Game 2 loss to the Orioles.
He struck out four, walked one and yielded six hits, including a two-homer to Nick Markakis in the third inning. Verlander was pulled after Ezequiel Carrera played a Nelson Cruz liner into a single to lead off the sixth. He left with a 5-3 lead that was eventually extended to 6-3 in the top of the eighth, but the Orioles rallied for four runs in the bottom of that frame. Verlander will need the Tigers to rally from an 0-2 deficit if he wants to make another start this season. Oct 3 - 4:23 PM

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Justin Verlander was excellent Wednesday, whiffing six batters while tossing eight frames of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory over the White Sox.

He permitted seven hits (just one for extra bases) and didn't walk anyone. Verlander outlasted Chris Sale, who was also terrific but lasted just six innings. The Tigers' right-hander has now allowed one run in each of his last two outings and hasn't walked a batter. But, while he's shown some encouraging signs of late, the season will undoubtedly go down as a massive disappointment for Verlander, who posted a 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with just 159 strikeouts across 206 innings.
Sep 24 - 4:27 PM

Justin Verlander earned his 14th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Royals to just one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out four on the evening without issuing a free pass. In what has been a hugely disappointing season for Verlander, he'll carry a 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 153/65 K/BB ratio into his final regular season tuneup against the White Sox on Wednesday.
Sep 20 - 12:39 AM

Justin Verlander (blister) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said he'll be fine for his next start.

The Tigers have delayed an announcement of their starters for the weekend series against the Royals while they waited to see how Verlander's blister was, but it sounds like he'll be fine. He'll likely start on either Friday or Saturday.
Sep 16 - 6:07 PM

Justin Verlander acknowledged after his start Sunday that a blister "flared up" on his right hand.

Verlander allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the Tigers were able to pull out a 6-4 victory against the Indians. Verlander said he doesn't expect the blister to be a major issue going forward. He's 13-12 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 190 2/3 innings.
Sep 15 - 8:54 AM

Justin Verlander was knocked around for seven runs (six earned) over 6 2/3 innings as he fell to 12-12 on Wednesday against the Indians.

Verlander admitted on Tuesday that his right shoulder felt "kind of fatigued", which could help explain why the Indians were squaring him up so well. Five of the nine hits Verlander allowed went for extra bases. He walked one and struck out seven. The end of the regular season is on the horizon, and Verlander sports an ugly 4.80 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP and 139/61 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the division rival Royals at home on Monday in his next start.
Sep 3 - 9:54 PM

Justin Verlander admitted Tuesday that his right shoulder is "kind of fatigued."

Verlander, of course, missed a starter last month with a shoulder issue. He pitched well his last time out, though, and isn't going to be shut down anytime soon unless the shoulder gets worse. "Baseball is my life, and I'm more at home here than anywhere else in the world," he said. "I'm always able to focus on that, especially when I'm on the mound, doing what I've done my whole life."
Sep 2 - 9:32 PM

Justin Verlander was terrific in Friday’s victory over the White Sox, allowing just one run on nine hits over seven strong innings of work.

Verlander racked up eight strikeouts on the evening while issuing just two free passes. The only blemish on his evening was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Adam Dunn in the first inning. It has been a hugely disappointing season for the former Cy Young award winner, who owns a 4.68 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 132/60 K/BB ratio through 171 1/3 innings. He’ll look to carry over this dominant effort when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Aug 29 - 11:47 PM

Justin Verlander surrendered four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings but the Tigers won the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins by a score of 8-6.

Verlander was not sharp, yielding eight hits and walking three while needing 105 pitches over just 5 2/3 frames. He had no issues with his shoulder, but the 31-year-old right-hander simply hasn't been himself in 2014 and that seems likely to continue through the end. He'll carry an 11-11 record, 4.82 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP into his next start on the road versus the White Sox.
Aug 23 - 11:41 PM

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.
Aug 21 - 11:15 AM

Justin Verlander (shoulder) expects to start Saturday against the Twins.

Verlander played catch on flat ground Tuesday without issue and is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session on Thursday. The right-hander has been sidelined since last Monday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He's not a very reliable fantasy option at this point, even against light-hitting Minnesota.
Aug 20 - 4:03 PM

Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw off flat ground from 50 feet on Tuesday afternoon.

Verlander may be cleared to throw a bullpen session later this week if he wakes up Wednesday feeling fine. The right-hander is suffering from shoulder inflammation but has not yet been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Aug 19 - 4:56 PM

The Tigers are still discussing a treatment plan for Justin Verlander's right shoulder.

Verlander has already been ruled out for his next start, but an MRI showed no structural damage. The MRI is being sent to outside doctors for a second opinion, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said surgery is "not even being considered at this point." As it stands, Verlander appears likely to avoid the disabled list.
Source: Detroit News
Aug 13 - 8:21 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on the sore right shoulder of Justin Verlander showed no structural damage.

Verlander is expected to avoid the disabled list. He was shelled for five runs -- four earned -- in one inning Monday by the Pirates and is now 10-11 on the season with a 4.76 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. The former ace will likely be in a bullpen role in the playoffs, if the Tigers make it.
Aug 12 - 4:33 PM

Justin Verlander (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in Detroit.

Verlander exited Monday's start in Pittsburgh with right shoulder soreness. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous," Verlander said. "I've never been through this before." The Tigers seem likely to put Verlander on the disabled list even if the MRI doesn't reveal anything serious. He's never been on the DL during his 10-year career.
Aug 11 - 11:21 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt