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Justin Verlander to undergo MRI on shoulder on Tuesday

Aug 11, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Verlander will undergo an MRI tomorrow.

8:31 p.m. ET: According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander left tonight’s start against the Pirates in the second inning due to right shoulder soreness. This isn’t what the Tigers needed after they played 19 innings yesterday against the Blue Jays.

Verlander was hit hard before exiting, allowing five runs (four earned) while throwing 40 pitches. Two errors behind him didn’t help matters, but he also gave up four hits and walked two batters. He actually came up to bat in the top of the second inning and dropped down a sacrifice bunt before being replaced by Justin Miller.

Verlander hasn’t looked like himself all season and holds a 4.76 ERA after tonight’s outing. He’s scheduled to be reevaluated tomorrow, but it’s fair to wonder how long this has been an issue.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Uh oh. (pours wine for historicphilliac)

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM


  2. Kevin S. - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Why do all the good pitchers keep breaking? 😦

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      It’s not just the good ones – that what pitchers do.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        I know, it just seems like it’s been a lot of the good ones this year.

      • kindasporty - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Yeah we just notice when it’s the good ones.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Because many years ago, it was decided that baseball pitchers should throw overhanded, not underhanded.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Also because pitchers in baseball throw from a stationary position.

        In cricket, the “pitcher” (called a “bowler”) gets to take a running start before he throws the ball. As a result, the most common injuries to cricket bowlers are lower back, ankle and knee injuries. Shoulder and elbow injuries are less common than in baseball.

        Cricket bowlers don’t seem to have a limit on the length of their run-up, but some take huge run-ups of 30 to 40 yards like the legendary Pakhistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar, one of only three bowlers to have hit over 100 mph on the radar.

      • clydeserra - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        bowlers also are limited in the number of overs they bowl. I don’t know how it pencils out, but it seems they get more rest

      • kiwicricket - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:53 AM

        Depends what format. Test matches you can bowl as much as you like, but limited because your body would explode.
        At the point of delivery, fast bowlers have around 10x their body weight on their leading ankle. They explode all the time. Along with shoulders.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        I read a scientific study that found that 15% of “fast” bowlers were injured at any one time, and injuries included any condition that either limited or prevented the bowler from performing – so both minor and major injuries were considered.

        In my experience, that rate sounds consistent with MLB pitchers.

  3. darthicarus - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Oh sweet, Tigers got Soria & David Price before the trade deadline….AL Central is all but locked up. One week later Soria, Verlander, & Sanchez hurt. Joe Nathan has continued to suck. The offense can’t hit. And the Royals are on a tear.

    Guess I’ll just go ask the doctor for some heart meds now, I’m gonna need them.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      The Tiggers still have plenty of weapons. Never back an injured Tigger into a corner.

      • johnnysoda - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Yeah, I’d be a lot more confident with an injured Piglet. Or an injured Eeyore.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Pretty sure Christopher Robin can’t fight his way out a wet paper bag. Then again, look at how Anthony Michael Hall turned out – ya never know.

  4. pwshrugged - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    He was healthy enough to go bunt, so I doubt he’s seriously injured.

    More likely, the Tigers realized the game was virtually a lost cause after Verlander crapped all over it early, and decided to take him out as a precaution. With Anibal already on the DL, they really can’t afford to lose another SP to a random wear-and-tear injury – there’s no depth in AAA to really cover it effectively. I have no doubt that if he’d been pitching effectively, he would still be pitching today as I post this.

    That said, Verlander was getting hit around, but his fielders weren’t really doing him any favors.

    • dondada10 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      He was topping out around 88. That’s no bueno.

    • frank433 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Yes, the day after a 19 inning game, the Tigers would choose to rest their starter.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      You don’t take a starter out in the 2nd inning, behind by 4, unless he’s hurting. You give him a chance to recover. The Tigers have enough firepower to overcome a 5-1 deficit. Also, you don’t put that much work on your bullpen. Especially, after a 19-inning game.

      Being able to bunt is irrelevant. It didn’t require him to throw a ball.

  5. hcf95688 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Sore shoulder? Or neck from watching batted balls fly around the yard?

  6. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Looks like he needs to LAY off the Kate

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Still not funny.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        I am with you

  7. tosevite - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Go Royals!

  8. hcf95688 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Kate Upton’s new role: Memo Paris

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Still not funny.

      • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        you are going to get a duplicate error message over and over

      • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Oddly, I haven’t so far. Go figure.

  9. tragicallyripped - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    How many years left on his contract? His decline is scary.

  10. xjokerz - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    what the hell is going on.

  11. sportsfan18 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    He’s been lifting Kate’s heavy weights for a while now…

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Still not funny.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM


        no it isn’t funny, it’s fun.

        big difference

    • clydeserra - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      how is it fun? you like looking like an idiot?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      Let me help you out – you are an unfunny idiot.

  12. jerze2387 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Thank you Kate Upton for being the kryptonite to verlanders skills.

    A White Sox fan

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Still not funny.

  13. udub - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Dump Kate and become the Rory McIlroy of baseball

    • xjokerz - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      agreed, i see no other choice.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Still not funny.

    • Arun Krishnan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Unfortunately I don’t think Verlander’s problems can be fixed by spending more time throwing, or studying tape, or anything else McIlroy has done since dumping Wozniaki.

      The arm is shot. I’m almost wondering if something coming up in the MRI is a good thing, it’ll at least help explain the loss in velocity.

  14. stex52 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    You guys are hilarious. Like Kate Upton is the only beautiful woman any Major Leaguer is involved with. Something is wrong with Verlander’s arm.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Why can’t they go be dopes on a post about some team I never read about? Do none of the Brewers or Braves have attractive partners?

      • philliesblow - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        The Braves are stuck with the ugly Uptons.

      • Arun Krishnan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:55 AM

        And philliesblow just broke the unfunny streak.

    • udub - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      There are plenty of beautiful women dating players. How many of them are as famous or more famous than the player? How many are jetsetting around with their player in the middle of the season? How many make their relationship so public?

      That’s the point. Not that they’re dating. It’s the time consuming nature of their relationship. Getting in the tabloids, club hopping, hanging out on beaches, etc. etc.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        Yeah – um – no. You failed or never took logic, eh?

      • stex52 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        That’s a bit of an assumption. I imagine coming home from a road trip to a houseful of kids is pretty tiring, too.

  15. jasonnbatalk - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    The kate upton curse

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Still not funny.

      • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        I made my last comment without scrolling all the way to the end. Good gravy people are dumb.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        You’d think the first guy would be mad at the rest of them ripping him off — or that they’d be too embarrassed to make the same comment when someone’s already made it several times.

      • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        I hope my A’s can keep you in first this week. Sorry about today

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        no history, it isn’t funny

        that’s the point

      • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Picking on his girlfriend is the point — even though it’s not funny?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:23 AM

        “That guy” never reads other peoples’ posts. He thinks he’s funny. He’s too stupid to know that he’s an idiot. He’s too stupid to realize that his buddies are only laughing because they’re drunk.

        That’s why he’s “that guy.” I’m amazed asimonetti88 didn’t graze his way in here with all of the other livestock.

  16. edelmanfanclub - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Verlander turned in 4 quality starts before this dud, sadly he still has a 5.55 ERA since the start of May. The upton jokes are great but whats shes doing this year thats putting Verlanders ERA+ close to 90 when hes never posted one below 120? Pulling for KC in the central, was Saberhagens shutout really their last postseason win?

  17. miguelcairo - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Rut ro raggy!

  18. sidelineshot - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    All of these big contracts come back to bite the teams in the a**
    The only good one was Manny’s.

  19. dman6015 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    He’s distracted at the moment. Lost some of his concentration. Women have that affect on athletes. She’ll dump him after the MRI results show that his career is over.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Still not funny.

    • stex52 - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      And apparently he is the only athlete in MLB involved with a woman. Who knew?

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