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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Luke Putkonen
14Bruce Rondon