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Justin Verlander leaves start with ripped, bloody callus

May 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Justin Verlander tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the A’s yesterday, logging his 50th consecutive start of at least six innings, but the Tigers ace would have stayed in even longer if not for the callus on his right thumb splitting open.

“I looked down there towards the end of the seventh inning and it was bleeding,” Verlander told Jason Beck of, adding that he’s dealt with issues related to the callus for a while now and doesn’t expect to miss any time.

Between now and his next start the reigning MVP and Cy Young winner will see if moisturizer can help keep the callus from drying out. Verlander already has his own cereal, but this sounds like another endorsement possibility if things go well.

“Take it from me, Justin Verlander: Not only does this product make women’s faces look great it can keep your fingers from exploding with blood.”

  1. captainwisdom8888 - May 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    This article just provided me with a myriad of disgusting images to try and strike from my brain…

  2. jlovenotjlo - May 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Close-up picture or it didn’t happen

  3. - May 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Or an opportunity for an unsavory twitter account: @verlanderscallus

    • Jeremiah Graves - May 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      guaranteed this has 200 followers by quitting time…

    • darthicarus - May 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Joaquin Benoit’s band-aid account will see this as a challenge. (@benoitsbandaid)

      • michiganhockey11 - May 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        That was from an ingrown facial hair wasn’t it?

  4. sabatimus - May 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Calluses don’t bleed.

  5. spoonman680 - May 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    A little bag balm over the next five days and he’ll throw a no hitter on his next outing!

  6. whittle79 - May 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Super glue work good too !!

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