Verlander MRI shows inflammation, but no structural damage
Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder, but no major structural damage that would keep the former American League MVP out for more than a start or two.
An MRI exam on Verlander’s sore shoulder revealed inflammation and what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand called “normal wear and tear” from the pitches and innings built up over the years, but nothing major. It was essentially the best-case scenario after Verlander left Monday’s game against the Pirates after one inning with soreness in his shoulder.
“Really, there was no major structural damage,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “At this point, we don’t expect him to go on the DL.”
Verlander is expected to miss his next turn in the rotation Sunday against the Mariners, but Rand said they’re hopeful of having him ready for next week’s road trip to Tampa Bay and Minnesota.
“I would say it’s the best news that we were expecting,” Rand said.
Verlander is scheduled to get another evaluation from team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos on Wednesday to determine a treatment plan, likely a combination of rest and medication.
“At this point right now, we’re looking at hopefully he’ll only miss one start and we’ll go from there,” Rand said.
Robbie Ray would start Sunday assuming Verlander can’t. The Tigers have an off-day Monday, so they can go without a fifth starter until next Saturday, when they have a day-night doubleheader against the Twins at Target Field.