Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:18:40 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 21, and expects to start in one of the two games Saturday, Aug. 23.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander is coming off a shoulder injury, so it is not known how he will pitch when he rejoins the starting rotation. Owners could consider keeping him out of their lineups until they see him pitch again.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:06:13 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) will throw Tuesday, Aug. 19, according to manager Brad Ausmus. Ausmus noted there was a possibility of a bullpen session in the next two days, depending on how Verlander's shoulder feels.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander has struggled in 2014. Make sure he is fully healthy before returning him to your lineups.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:18:29 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) will not throw until Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the earliest, according to manager Brad Ausmus. The team will skip Verlander's next start, but it is not known if he will need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:19:02 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) received a similar diagnosis on his shoulder Friday, Aug. 15, after his MRI results were sent for a second opinion. There is should inflammation, but no structural damage.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander might only miss a start, but fantasy owners shouldn't rush to return him to their starting lineups. Give him a start to prove his health.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:30:58 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) said his MRI films will be sent to specialist for second opinions, but he doesn't plan to visit any of the specialists in-person unless something comes up.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander isn't expected to land on the disabled list, and he could only miss one start. However, you'll want to be pretty cautious about returning him to your starting daily lineups upon his return to the mound. If Verlander's 2014 season has taught us anything, it's that he's no longer an elite starting pitcher.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:33:16 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) has no major structural damage in his right shoulder, according to manager Brad Ausmus. No surgery will be needed, and Verlander could avoid going on the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander dodged a bullet here. It's a reminder that he's no longer the ace pitcher we're all accustomed to, though. He's likely to miss at least one start if he avoids the DL. Moving forward, Verlander is a matchup play in daily leagues.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:54:10 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) said Monday, Aug. 11, that he will have an MRI on his sore shoulder.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander left his start Monday after just one inning and he clearly did not look right. He has struggled this season and a rest might be coming. Fantasy owners cannot be happy if he does not pitch again this week, as he was torched in Monday's loss, notching negative points in the process.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:59:02 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) left his start Monday, Aug. 11, against the Pittsburgh Pirates after one inning due to a sore right shoulder. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday, Aug. 12. Verlander allowed five runs - four earned - and four hits with two walks in his inning of work before departing.
Fantasy Tip: Verlander hasn't been pitching well at all this season, as his ERA sits at an uncharacteristic 4.76. After viewing his stat line Monday, it was apparent he had some sort of an injury, as he hasn't been quite this bad. It has been a lost season for fantasy owners of Verlander in 2014, and he might come on the cheap in 2015 if he can rebound, stay healthy and pitch to his previous level.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:37:01 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander looked at some pictures from earlier in his career and from this season to see if he was changing the grip on the baseball before his start Monday, July 21. He noticed a difference in his arm action and immediately made an adjustment while warming up. He allowed three runs and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It felt like I was able to throw the way I want," Verlander said. "Really, (today was) the first time all year that I've been able to locate my fastball as well as I would like to."
Fantasy Tip: This could be good news moving forward.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:38:03 -0700
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera was quoted that SP Justin Verlander (groin) is still bothered by hernia surgery he had before the season. "There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,'' Cabrera said in Spanish. "It's part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don't see it as frequently."
Fantasy Tip: Miggy later denied saying that, but this would explain why Verlander has looked like a shell of himself this season. It's actually good news. With rest from the All-Star break, Verlander could have a better second half.