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Justin Verlander was solid in his spring debut

Mar 11, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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Justin Verlander got a late start to his spring training thanks to a core-muscle repair surgery in early January. But one gets the sense that he’ll be ready for the season regardless. Verlander pitched four innings against the Blue Jays today, throwing 52 pitches while giving up a single, walking two and striking out two.

The key for me here is the four innings. The first couple of starts for veteran starters in spring training last an inning or two, then they work up. Right now most healthy starters are throwing five at the most. If Verlander is already at four out of the chute, he should be good to go by the time the Tigers break camp.

  1. pastabelly - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Until Kershaw proves himself in the post season, Verlander is the best starter in the game.

    • evansox - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Yes, let’s use a small sample size to judge who’s the better player.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Verlander pitched quite well against a split squad team that was minus most of the starting 9 hitters. I applaud Chamberlain’s performance in relief. I wish that the Yankees had re-signed Joba. I know nothing about the minor leaguer who hit the game winning homer for the Jays in the 10th inning.

  3. historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Don’t rush. Sheesh.

  4. toledotigerfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I’m not the least bit worried about JV. My biggest concern is hoping Nathan has one more dominant year in his right arm. If Nathan is on, the Tigers easily take the Central.

  5. pauleee - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    What’s he throwing? A circle-change? Geez, try hitting THAT after whiffing on a 100 mph fastball.

  6. riverace19 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Who is even a threat in the AL Central? Cleveland KC and Detroit? Anyone’s title.

  7. areyesrn - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    i need a Kate Upton pic

  8. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I hope he’s ready, but no need to push him for Opening Day. As long as he’s healthy for the bulk of the season and playoffs, that’s all that counts.

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