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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 (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

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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

Justin Verlander left Monday's start versus the Pirates after one inning due to soreness in his right shoulder.

Verlander was hammered for five runs -- four earned -- on four hits and two walks over his inning of work, but he was apparently pitching hurt. The right-hander has never missed a start during his career due to a health issue, but that streak is obviously in jeopardy now. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Aug 11 - 8:25 PM

Justin Verlander pitched well in seven innings against the Yankees on Wednesday, but a pair of solo home runs ultimately led him to his 10th loss.

Verlander served up a solo shot to Chase Headley to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth, then allowed Brian McCann to un-tie it with a solo blast in the seventh. Over his seven frames, Verlander allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five. Yankees starter Chris Capuano was simply better. Verlander, now 10-10 with a 4.57 ERA, will try to get some momentum going in a road start against the Pirates on Monday.
Aug 6 - 10:27 PM

Justin Verlander hurled eight strong innings in Friday’s victory over the Rockies, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out five.

All of the damage against him on the night came in the seventh inning, where Wilin Rosario delivered an RBI single and Josh Rutledge plated another with a fielder’s choice. Perhaps the acquisition of David Price has motivated Verlander to step his game up, as he owns a disappointing 4.66 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 110/52 K/BB ratio over 150 2/3 frames on the season. He’ll look to keep things rolling when he does battle against the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.
Aug 1 - 10:18 PM

Justin Verlander took a loss after giving up three runs in seven innings Saturday against the Angels.

Verlander still hasn't turned in any dominant efforts of late, but this makes five quality starts in his last seven outings. He came through against a pretty good offense in this one.
Jul 27 - 12:41 AM

Justin Verlander beat the Diamondbacks by allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-3 victory.

Verlander struck out five and gave up six hits and three walks. The quality start and victory are nice to see, but we're still waiting for a dominant performance by the formerly elite ace. Verlander hasn't allowed less than two runs in an outing all season (though he did escape one five-inning outing with no earned runs on his ledger). The right-hander was 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA in 2008, and he's headed towards similar numbers if he can't turn things around soon. Verlander will bring a 9-8 record and 4.84 ERA into a scheduled outing against the Angels on Saturday.
Jul 22 - 12:54 AM

Justin Verlander allowed four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.

Verlander struck out just three on the afternoon, walking one, in his first loss since June 16. Even with an 8-8 record, it's been a first half to forget for the former American League MVP. Verlander owns a 4.88 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 20 starts, and the second half doesn't hold much more promise for the 31-year-old.
Jul 13 - 5:59 PM

Justin Verlander allowed five runs over six innings, but went home with a win as the Tigers demolished the Dodgers by a 14-5 margin on Tuesday.

Verlander surrendered five runs in the first inning in what seemed like a guaranteed loss, but the Tigers pounded out five runs in the second inning to tie the game, and went on to score nine more over the final six innings. Verlander yielded five hits and two walks while striking out four in the effort. He'll carry an ugly 4.84 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 93/45 K/BB ratio to conclude the first half on Sunday against the Royals in Kansas City.
Jul 8 - 11:18 PM

Justin Verlander limited the A's to two runs over six innings Wednesday in a 9-3 Tigers victory.

Verlander wasn't at his best -- yielding nine Oakland hits, including first-inning homers to Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss -- but he did a decent job pitching in and out of major threats as the Tigers pulled off a big three-game sweep. Verlander is 7-7 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 116 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Dodgers next.
Jul 2 - 4:22 PM

Justin Verlander delivered a quality start in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits over his six frames.

Verlander racked up eight strikeouts on the night while walking only one. Jose Altuve was a thorn in his side, scoring a pair of runs and driving home another with an RBI double against him. He'll bring a disappointing 4.72 ERA and 1.48 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics.
Jun 28 - 12:38 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Max Scherzer
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Robbie Ray
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Ian Krol
7Blaine Hardy
8Jim Johnson
9Joel Hanrahan
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon