June 20th, 2011

Verlander likely out for All-Star start

If you were wondering how the rotation works out for Justin Verlander and his chances to pitch in (or start) the All-Star Game, the answer probably came today. Jim Leyland said this afternoon that he’ll keep his rotation in order through the All-Star break. That would (barring a postponement or something like that) put his starts this coming Saturday, the following Thursday, then Tuesday and Sunday in the final week before the break. And that would leave Verlander ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game two days later. Thursday’s off-day is the last day off before the break, so there are no other situations in which the rotation would be shuffled.

Leyland didn’t talk about the all-star part.

“Our rotation will fall in line the rest of the way,” Leyland said.

Verlander said the right things about it. He also said having pitched in a couple All-Star Games already makes a difference in that.

“I’m not sure I’m going anyway,” Verlander said. “If I were to be selected and I pitch the last game (beforehand), I’ve had the opportunity. I’ve pitched in a couple. That’s personal, and that’s not what this game is about. It’s about winning baseball games for this team. My job is helping this team win games. Give some other guys a chance.”