The pitcher tweeted a video of himself relaxing in a pool Monday:
Justin Verlander @JustinVerlander
Working on my tipping. #nooffdays https://t.co/GPNo6DTA4a2017-4-17 19:24:45
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted there was a chance the pitcher was tipping his pitches.
"Could be," Ausmus said after the game. "Hitters are always trying to find an edge on pitchers and looking for a pitcher tipping is standard operating procedure. I can't tell if it is or isn't. Only the Indians can tell you that and they probably won't."
Verlander allowed a career-high nine earned runs on 11 hits in just four innings.
Considering he allowed just two runs in 13.1 innings in his first two starts of the season, it remains possible this was just a bad day from the six-time All-Star.