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Justin Verlander has avoided the disabled list and expects to start Saturday

Aug 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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After seeking a second opinion on his sore shoulder Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has avoided a trip to the disabled list and is now expected to start Saturday against the Twins.

Verlander, who left his August 11 start after one ugly inning and revealed afterward that he’s been dealing with shoulder problems for much of the season, has been playing catch and long-tossing to test the injury.

David Adler of MLB.com reports that the Tigers training staff has diagnosed Verlander with “shoulder capsulitis, biceps tendinosis, and some tendinitis” in his inflamed shoulder. And all of that has been characterized by both Verlander and the team as natural “wear and tear” for a pitcher with as much mileage on his arm as the 31-year-old former MVP and Cy Young winner.

Saturday we’ll find out if 12 days off does the trick. Dating back to mid-May he has a 5.85 ERA in 17 starts, including an ERA higher than 4.50 in May, June, July, and August.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    And, another fallout of the three true outcomes plus 100mph speed. Pitch to contact and edges of the plate, naturally. Guy named Maddux did it.

    • stex52 - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      I expect one of the results of all the TJ surgery issues we are seeing will be a shift in emphasis back toward more old-fashioned control pitching.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    /paces back-and-forth with taser

  3. pinkfloydprism - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I blame Kate Upton… she makes men weak in the knees…which must be his issue.

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzapppppppp!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      What’s your issue? The inability to understand basic biology? The difference between knees, shoulders, and that lump 5 feet above your arse? Or, is it your significant humor-impairment that makes you incapable of original thought and amusing ideas? Most likely, you’re just a jerk who needs attention from me to fill your day — in which case, hello, moron. Ready?

      • pinkfloydprism - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Awww, Someone Seriously Had One Lame Eruption there, huh? It is called sarcasm. No kidding he has other problems that are not his knees. But wait, most likely you are someone with a who thinks that he is so important that other people would require attention from you… In which case, hello moron. Lighten up.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        ha ha

        You need to adjust your prism. If that was an attempt at sarcasm, it was sorry (and as an old beaten horse, not funny). Don’t even try to feign ignorance about the ongoing Upton thing here. You are not new to the blog. Also, you apparently need to clean your lens. I am not a “he.”

    • grumpyoleman - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      It’s fun watching the mini bobble head I got at the game the other day motor boat.

  4. mackypinky - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Any clue whether he’ll pitch the noon make-up game or the night game?

    • Bryz - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      At Target Field after today’s game, Buck Farmer was announced as the starter for the afternoon game and the night game was “TBD” which I assume meant Verlander.

      • mackypinky - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        thx bryz

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