Player Page

Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Justin Verlander (triceps) will do some light tossing in the next day or two to see how he feels.
Verlander was removed from Friday's game with triceps soreness, and the arm felt the same Saturday. It's still not a terribly worrisome ailment, but the timing isn't ideal with Opening Day so close. Still, he should be fine for the start of the season. Mar 28 - 4:35 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Justin Verlander indicated that his triceps soreness was the same on Saturday as it was on Friday.

The Tigers have yet to schedule an MRI, so they believe the issue is relatively minor and shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. They'll wait and see how he feels in a day or two before deciding when he'll throw next, but are optimistic that he'll make his scheduled start on Thursday.
Mar 28 - 11:37 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's optimistic Justin Verlander's triceps cramp will not be a long-term issue.

Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League start with what the team is calling a right triceps cramp. While it doesn't sound as though it's a serious issue, any arm trouble for a starting pitcher definitely concerning. As of now, he's still expected to make his final spring start next week.
Mar 28 - 10:26 AM

Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a right triceps cramp.

Verlander had to exit Friday's game with the ailment. Obviously any injury to a pitcher's arm is far from ideal, but the Tigers are convinced it's no big deal and expect the right-hander to be ready for his final spring training start next week. Verlander will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Mar 27 - 2:22 PM

Justin Verlander left Friday's game versus the Blue Jays with an apparent injury.

Verlander called out the trainer after having to cover first base on a play. It was rainy in Florida, so he probably slipped and tweaked something. The Tigers will provide an update on Verlander's status later Friday. He allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings before exiting.
Mar 27 - 2:00 PM

Justin Verlander was pounded for three homers and five runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Nationals on Sunday.

Verlander said all of the right things afterwards, but hitters haven't had much trouble hitting his fastball his last two starts, with nine runs and five homers allowed in 8 1/3 innings. For all of the talk of him being healthier and able to put in a full offseason in the gym, there's nothing so far this spring that suggests he'll reemerge as an elite starter.
Mar 22 - 5:51 PM

Justin Verlander was tagged for four runs in four innings by the Nationals on Tuesday.

Verlander have up homers to Tony Gwynn Jr. and Kila Ka'aihue. He said after the game that his slider was horrible today, but that it was "probably the best I've felt so far." He was reportedly hitting 94 mph on the gun with his fastball.
Mar 17 - 4:36 PM

Justin Verlander blanked the Phillies for three innings in his start Thursday.

Verlander allowed one hit, walked none and struck out one. Verlander has been sharp so far this spring, though that extra bulking up he did over the winter doesn't seem to have made much difference in the velocity department, at least not yet. His stock is on the rise, but it's not quite skyrocketing.
Mar 12 - 5:15 PM

Justin Verlander picked up a win in a 12-6 game after throwing two scoreless innings against a Braves split-squad on Saturday.

Verlander allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two in his spring debut. His curveball was particularly strong today, manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think it proved to us and to him that it’s what we thought it was in the bullpens and live [batting practice]," Ausmus stated.
Mar 7 - 5:43 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Casper Wells
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Blaine Hardy
8Kyle Ryan
9Angel Nesbitt