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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tigers' Justin Verlander had core muscle repair surgery, expected to be ready by spring training

By on 1/09/2014 03:20:00 PM

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery on Thursday, the team announced:
While it's unclear at this point what exactly happened to Verlander necessitating the operation, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the right-hander 'injured himself in December workouts'.

The continued statement from the Tigers notes that Verlander will undergo rehabilitation for the next six weeks, and will be 'reevaluated' after that time frame. That would presumably put his string of consecutive Opening Day starts in jeopardy, as his rehab will run until after the first week of spring training. Of course, if Verlander's season debut is delayed, Detroit can just hand Opening Day duties over to Max Scherzer.

A quote from team G.M. Dave Dombrowski, as shared the the Tigers:
We fully anticipate Justin to participate in spring training and be in a position to compete at the beginning of the 2014 season." - DD
Stay tuned for further updates.

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