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Justin Verlander to make spring debut on Thursday

Mar 2, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

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Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery in January after injuring a groin muscle during offseason conditioning and there was talk that he might have to miss a couple regular season starts. But everything appears to be on the right track here in early March.

According to beat writer Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Verlander made it through his final bullpen tune-up on Sunday without any physical issues and has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday afternoon in Lakeland, Florida against the visiting Phillies.

“Then we’ll go from there, just like anyone else,” new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters on Sunday in Lakeland. “The feeling from the get-go is that, because of the shape he keeps himself in, this was a guy that might have the ability to be back in time for the start of the regular season.”

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

He should be on the mound when the Tigers open their 2014 campaign March 31 against the Royals.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I can understand wanting to get him started against the Phillies, he’ll want to work his way up to major league level competition.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Nice.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        That’s me, Mr. Effin’ Nice Guy.

    • cmtill14 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Yeah, but do they really need to start him off back at A ball? (I’m kidding Phils fans..)

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I hope his HBPiD is as good as ever! Grrrrrrr!!!!!

  3. raynman49 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    I pulled a groin muscle when I saw his girlfriend.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      And that’s as close as you’re ever getting to a woman like her, putz.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        You leave JJ Putz out of this!

      • raynman49 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Lighten up Francis, it’s a joke.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        It’s not funny. Well, obviously, your little dingus is, but the joke itself wasn’t.

    • apkyletexas - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      He must have found himself a good groin therapist, to have made such a miraculous recovery.

  4. jrs45 - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Come Postseason time the tiggers will choke once again!

    • ezthinking - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I dunno, Piglet and Roo showed up to Spring Training in the BSOTL.

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