Verlander on DL
We thought it was coming eventually. Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander has been put on the 15 day disabled list for the first time in his career.
A report in the Detroit Free Press says Verlander says his level of concern about his right tricep strain is "very low".
A press release from the Tigers says left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to pitch Sunday in Cleveland. That was supposed to be Verlander's first start of the season.
Manager Brad Ausmus has publicly stated Verlander says he felt something on the last couple of pitches he threw this past Sunday and that his arm was sore on Monday.
"The days just start to stack up and I needed to pitch on Tuesday to be able to do that, and it just wasn't ready," Verlander told reporters Wednesday. Verlander said he spoke with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and head trainer Kevin Rand by phone from Lakeland, Fla., and they said not to push it if he wasn't 100%.
On today's pre-game show on WBCK, Manager Brad Ausmus said they're extremely optimistic that he'll make his next start, and that Verlander had made the trip from Florida and is now in Detroit where pitching coach Jeff Jones can keep a close eye on him.