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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Justin Verlander MRI shows no damage, will skip next start

By on 8/12/2014 09:00:00 PM

An MRI revealed inflammation but no structural damage in the right shoulder of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander on Tuesday, reports Jason Beck of

Verlander left his start Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates after giving up five runs in one inning, the shortest outing of his career. He will miss his next start on Sunday, but the Tigers are hopeful he will return after that.

The shoulder inflammation doesn’t come as a surprise, as the former MVP and Cy Young winner has not looked right all season. Verlander has a 4.76 ERA (4.07 FIP) with just 6.69 strikeouts per nine innings in 20014.

Robbie Ray is the likely candidate to fill in for Verlander on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Detroit’s rotation is a bit of a mess right now, as Anibal Sanchez was recently placed on the disabled list and Rick Porcello was scratched from his scheduled start after appearing in relief on Sunday. 

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