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Justin Verlander throws off a mound, expects to be ready for the start of the 2014 season

Feb 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EST

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Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery in January after injuring a core muscle during offseason conditioning and the initial expectation was that he’d be behind his fellow rotation mates when spring training began. But that might not be the case.

According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, the right-hander threw 20 pitches off a mound Monday at the Tigers’ spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida and told reporters afterward that the workout went “very well.” Verlander has mapped out a plan with Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones that should allow him to appear in five Grapefruit League games and to take the mound on Opening Day (March 31) against the Royals.

Verlander, 30, posted a 3.46 ERA and 217 strikeouts in 218 1/3 innings last season for Detroit.

Beyond the conditioning injury, it’s safe to say that he spent his offseason wisely (via Getty):

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  1. cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Heh, heh, heh…I bet I know what kind of conditioning he was doing to tear that “core” muscle….

    • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Oh, what?

      • cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Well, its a kind of push up….

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        That helps you pitch to the score?

      • cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Not only pitch to the score, but also helps you work the zone.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Do you think he got it from Miggy?

      • cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        I think he was born knowing that move.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        You’re saying he was born that way?

      • cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        But of course.

  2. philliesblow - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Anything us mere mortals can do, JV can do better. Ten times better.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Still needs to get his damned shoes off the white sofa.

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Don’t rush back, JV. It’s the Royals.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Why do you hurt me like that

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        That was not at all smug. Disappointing.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        I’m off duty. Come see me during clinical hours

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        I think your bedside manner could use some improvement there, Dr. Smuggy.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Oh yeah, like it’s MY fault the fat broad cried because I commented on her cankles. All of a sudden I’m the bad guy.

        …Speaking of cankles, how’s Joba

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        It’s a friendly back-and-forth and then you go vicious. Are you Canadian? Dang.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Me? vicious?

        I think I was relatively charming. As nonthreatening as a Bronson Arroyo lobball

  4. tn16 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    What kinda mound was he throwing off of though, cause I can see 2 perfect bumps

  5. sportsfan18 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    That’s a mighty big smile JV…

  6. joecool16280 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    It’s nice to have a second sport to fall back on…motor boating.

  7. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    There’s no sense in rushing JV this season. They’ll do fine without him until he’s at %100. As long as he’s healthy for the long haul and (hopefully) post season. And, yeah, not really a better way to spend his off-season than that!

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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