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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 has impressed the Tigers coaching staff in his recent side sessions.
Verlander threw live batting practice to hitters on a backfield Sunday in Lakeland, Florida and apparently looked sharp. "That's the best I've seen Ver stuff-wise, off the mound, since I've gotten this job," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters. "It's exactly what we wanted." The veteran right-hander is trying to bounce back in a big way after posting a disappointing 4.54 ERA in 206 innings last season. Mar 2 - 8:41 AM

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Justin Verlander has reported to spring training at 237 pounds.

Verlander is listed at 225 pounds, but he was as light as 210 pounds after core muscle repair surgery last January and worked his way up to 220 pounds during the season. Fortunately, he had a healthy winter this time around and was able to focus more on his strength. The veteran right-hander is optimistic about his chances for a rebound after posting a 4.54 ERA across 206 innings last season.
Feb 18 - 12:53 PM

Justin Verlander threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press notes that he "looked good." Verlander is already well ahead of where he was this time last year when he was just a month removed from core muscle repair surgery and hadn't even begun working out. Things were different for him this offseason, as he was able to pack on some muscle in hopes of a rebound. It's nice to hear, but his stock is still way down going into 2015.
Feb 17 - 10:54 AM

Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports that Justin Verlander is already throwing two bullpen sessions per week and has put on 20 pounds of muscle since last season.

After undergoing core muscle surgery last winter, Verlander hadn't even begun working out, let alone throwing, at this point last offseason. Now back to his regular training regimen and throwing program, he hopes to return to form in 2015. The former Cy Young Award and MVP winner is coming off an incredibly disappointing 2014 season where he posted a 4.54 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 159/65 K/BB ratio over 206 innings.
Source: Detroit News
Feb 14 - 8:37 AM

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.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:23:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 04:27:00 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.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:39:00 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.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 06:07:00 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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 08:54:00 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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 09:54:00 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."
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 09:32:00 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.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:47:00 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.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:41:00 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.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:15:00 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.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 04:03:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Casper Wells
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
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Joel Hanrahan
7Tom Gorzelanny
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson
10Josh Zeid
11Kyle Ryan
12Alberto Cabrera
13Angel Nesbitt
14Rafael Dolis