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.

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Seven weeks is plenty of time to right the ship, so Verlander needs to skip that Sunday start and get un-inflamed. Let’s just hope it’s not my second scenario from the previous post.
First good news since………..when?

Since Suarez and Castellanos went back to back. Great news.

Since 2006:
31591 pitches. almost 2 K more than Felix

so leyland broke him?

The top 6: him, Felix with some elbow discomfort in 2013. Shields , no DL as Major leaguer had surgery while in the Minors, shoulder. .Haren injured only once in 10 years: back not arm. Matt Cain TJ this year.CC injured but also with overweight.
2 of 6 with serious injuries

Davis 7, Carrera 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 5, V. Martínez 3, J.D.Martínez 9, Avila 2, Suárez 6, Ray P

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