The MLB season is starting and all players are getting ready to play, except Justin Verlander. “If we get to the point Friday and he’s not pitching, it would probably mean he would not make his first (regular season) start,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, according to SB Nation.
Justin Verlander will be put on the 15 day DL with soreness in his right tricep, and might not start the season, reported CBS sports. “At least I can take solace in the fact that I’m going on the DL to help the team [carry an extra player],” stated Verlander added CBS Sports.
Verlander is a 32-year-old right-handed starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, and has never been on the DL before, according toal.com. Verlander has been an All-Star 6-times and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2011 and finished as runner-up in 2012, stated al.com. Verlander could return from the DL on April 12 if all goes well, only missing 1 start, reported al.com. If he misses more than that, the Tigers will need to call on help from the minor leagues, according to CBS Sports.