Why skip Galarraga?
According to Leyland, it came down to having off days the next two Mondays. Because of that, Justin Verlander was scheduled to start Wednesday at Kansas City with an extra day of rest, then would’ve had another extra day of rest before his next start. The decision was that it’s best to keep Verlander on his normal routine.
“We need to get Verlander going,” said Leyland, who added that Verlander feels fine.
This decision seemingly backs up the idea of Verlander’s shoulder being fine. If he was hurting, or even a little more sore, it would be hard to imagine him turning down an extra day of rest for two turns.