Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
I’m going to get other opinions. Whether I need to go visit them or not, I don’t know. The more minds you put together to look at something, the better. Hopefully they all come back and say, 'Hey, that’s what we see, too.' If they say, 'Hey, maybe you want to come in and get evaluated,' OK, I might be willing to [make a visit].
Structurally, my shoulder looks about as good as you can expect for someone that’s been in the league for 10 years. ...
... I’m excited to get back out there. Whether it’s 100 percent [strength] or not, I’ll be ready to pitch.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press spoke to Verlander about his ailing shoulder:
Verlander happy he likely won't have to go on DL for 1st time in career, but said won't be easy to miss 1st start for injury. #Tigers— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 13, 2014
Verlander also said he's been pitching through the shoulder woes, but refused to elaborate for how long— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Chris Iott of MLive.com reported on Verlander following Tuesday's MRI:
No major structural damage for Justin Verlander. Likely no DL.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Tigers expect that Verlander will miss at least one start. Robbie Ray extremely likely to start Sunday in his place.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Brad Ausmus on Justin Verlander: "The initial news is very good." Said Verlander seemed relieved when he spoke with him.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Ausmus said Verlander has inflammation in multiple spots in his shoulder. Assumes rest will be part of the plan.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Jason Beck of MLB.com provides comments from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus:
Ausmus on Verlander: "There was no major structural damage. At this pt we don't expect him to go on the DL."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 12, 2014
Justin underwent an MRI this morning in Detroit which basically showed normal wear and tear on a pitcher's shoulder. No major structural damage. He's obviously going to be reevaluated tomorrow at the ballpark by Dr. (Stephen) Lemos. When he sees him then we're going to discuss all treatment options at that time.
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was removed from the team's matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday with an apparent shoulder injury after just one inning of work.
Chris Iott of MLive.com reported the news on Verlander's injury:
Justin Verlander left the game tonight due to right shoulder soreness. Further evaluated Tuesday.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
After the Tigers' 11-6 loss to the Pirates, Iott provided an update on Verlander:
Justin Verlander will head back to Detroit to be evaluated Tuesday. Ausmus declined to speculate on severity.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Scherzer on Thursday, Porcello on Friday, Price on Saturday. TBD after that.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Verlander was blunt in his assessment of the night and also spoke about how he felt, via Tom Gage of The Detroit News:
#Tigers Verlander to have MRI on right shoulder after having soreness and "worst stuff of my career"— Tom Gage (@Tom_Gage) August 12, 2014
Verlander; "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. I've never been through this before. Hopefully, it's nothing."— Tom Gage (@Tom_Gage) August 12, 2014
The 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner has gone just 10-10 this season with a 4.76 ERA. His ERA has not been above 4.00 at the end of a season since 2008, also the last season he failed to amass 200 strikeouts.
Earlier this month, Verlander spoke about attempting to turn around his season, per Brendan Savage of MLive.com:
I think pitching is constant tinkering. You're always working on things. This year I made more drastic adjustments than I would have liked but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction and will continue working on what I've been working on and go out there and continue to pitch the way I did tonight.
Unfortunately, those struggles resurfaced on Monday night. But the possible injury might be more significant for the Tigers.
Verlander surrendered five runs during the outing before being taken out. ESPN Stats & Info notes the significance of the unfortunate start:
Justin Verlander allowed 5 runs in 1st inning, removed from game. Shortest regular season start of his career— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 11, 2014
The start was not only bad for Verlander, but also for the exhausted Tigers bullpen, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today pointed out:
The #Tigers, whose bullpen went 13 innings Sunday in their 19-inning loss, now are back at it again with Justin Verlander lasting 1 inning.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 12, 2014
There is no word yet on the severity of the injury, but the situation will be evaluated further on Tuesday, as Iott mentioned.
Can the Tigers contend in the AL Central if Verlander misses time?
The Tigers came into Monday night just a half game ahead of the Kansas City Royals and needed a strong outing from Verlander.
Following the buzz generated around Detroit after the David Price acquisition at the trade deadline, potentially losing Verlander would be extremely disheartening.
Verlander has been scuffling this season, but he has been a crucial component for the Tigers over the last nine years. If he is forced to miss time, their playoff hopes could take a hit.
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