Justin Verlander Injury: Updates on Tigers Star Pitcher's Quad
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander exited Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers earlier than he would have liked.
July 19: MLive.com's Chris Iott reports the latest on Verlander:
Justin Verlander on track to start Saturday. Tight right quad "doesn't appear to be" an issue, Jim Leyland said.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) July 19, 2013
The official Twitter account for the Tigers announced why:
Justin Verlander left today's game with a tight right quad muscle. #Tigers— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 14, 2013
Verlander was cruising against Texas on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander was mowing down hitters through six innings of work, as the Rangers had yet to get a hit off of him. ESPN Stats & Info noted that it would have been the third no-hitter of his career and the second in just a matter of hours:
Justin Verlander has a no-hit bid through 6 innings. Would be 3rd no-hitter of his career and the first in MLB since ... yesterday!— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 14, 2013
Hopes of a third career no-no were ended in the seventh inning when Mitch Moreland hit a two-out double. George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press writes that the Detroit faithful rose to its feet after Moreland got the first hit of the day for the Rangers:
Standing ovation for Verlander, after giving up double to Mitch Moreland.— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) July 14, 2013
ESPN Stats & Info noted that it was the second time this season that Verlander had taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a game. The other game was on May 5 when the Tigers took on the Houston Astros. In that matchup, Verlander allowed two hits in seven innings of work while walking two and striking out nine:
2nd time this season that Justin Verlander has taken no-hit bid into 7th inning. Other was against Astros (6 1/3) on May 5— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 14, 2013
Verlander finished the game having thrown seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. He walked three and struck out three on 105 pitches. It was the third time this season where the righty didn’t allow a run in at least seven innings of work.
Through 19 starts this season, Verlander is 9-6 with a 3.71 ERA. He’s averaging 9.23 strikeouts and 3.18 walks per nine innings in 2013, and opponents are hitting just .263 off of him.
The 2011 MVP has played a large role in Detroit’s success this season, and the team has to hope this injury isn’t serious. The Tigers entered Sunday with a 51-42 record, good enough for first place in the American League Central.
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