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Justin Verlander set to Begin Season on Disabled List

Justin Verlander to the disabled list? No. This is not a late April Fool’s joke. For the first time in his ten year career, which has included CY Young Awards, all-star games, and even a MVP, Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander will be headed to the teams’ disabled list for the first time in his career with a triceps strain. Tigers manger Brad Ausmus spoke on Verlander’s stint on the disabled list.

“Really, his arm will let us know when he can get back on the mound,” Ausmus said. “We’re cautiously optimistic he’ll get back on the mound Saturday or Sunday [and throw a] bullpen.”

Justin Verleander also brought details into the situation.

We got to a point where I wasn’t able to make my start today [Thursday],” Verlander said, “so once that’s scratched, you kind of look forward from there. We know I need to get one more throwing session in.

“I threw yesterday and it went OK. I threw today and it was better. That’s a really good sign it’s getting better while I’m throwing, too, so I’m optimistic about that.”

The Tigers plan on activating Verlander from the DL on April 12th, which is also the first day that the Tigers will need a 5th starter. Verlander was originally slated to start opening day for the Tigers, but the game will more then likely be pitched by David Price, who was acquired mid-season last year by the Tigers at the MLB’s Trading Deadline on July 31st.

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