Verlander throws at All-Star Game (sort of)

The All-Star Game hadn’t even started Tuesday afternoon at Chase Field, but Justin Verlander was already thinking towards the second half. While the American League All-Stars were in the visiting clubhouse signing autographs and getting ready for batting practice, Verlander was in the bullpen. It’s his day to throw his side session, after all, and not even an All-Star Game — or the ribbing of his teammates — is going to interrupt that.

“He threw a bullpen at the All-Star Game,” Josh Beckett marveled, with a little bit of teasing. “We’ll just call him Cy Young.”

Verlander smiled and grabbed his cell phone.

“I gotta call Skip, tell him I’m good to go,” Verlander said.

There was at least a little bit of question about that coming out of Verlander’s win Sunday. He threw 119 pitches under sweltering heat in Kansas City, and manager Jim Leyland had left open the possibility that Verlander could get an extra day of rest through the break and start Saturday instead of Friday. But it’s well-known that Verlander feels more comfortable pitching on four days’ rest than five,  no matter what kind of outing he’s coming off.

If anything, he can at least say he got in some pitches at the All-Star Game this year.

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Well, how do ya not like this guy? If there’s anything that could make me think we could win this thing, it’s Verlander. I have more confidence in him than I did Denny McLain when he won 31 games, and that’s saying a lot.

don’t mess with whatever he wants right now – I am sure he knows his body and it is working for him

Very impressed with Alex Avila today. Especially pulling the ball that hard off a very tough LHP. The way he got down that line was pretty to watch too.
Granted his throws to 2nd weren’t his best. Great to see him in there playing with his peers.

“A strained left side”. I wonder how long he’s been playing with that.

Can you elaborate on that Pup? Strained left side for who/ Alex?
If so it would explain to me why he seems to be “off” for the last couple of weeks.

Cabrera left the game with a problem on his left side. Looks like Jason tweeted about it already. He’s OK to play Friday. I’m so glad this game is over. Back to baseball.

Thanks. Cab has been sub par for a while now. His hiting has really tailed off. Swinging at a lot of stuff in the dirt or low. He’s such a dynamic hitter we have to hope he can get ib back together soon.

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