Verlander to get more input on sore shoulder

Justin Verlander spent Wednesday visiting with team doctor Stephen Lemos to work up a plan to rehab his right shoulder. At the same time, test results were being sent to specialists to make sure experts are in agreement on the diagnosis of inflammation in his shoulder capsule, but no major structural damage.

At this point, Verlander has no plans to visit a specialist for a second opinion, but he’s keeping his options open.

“I’m going to get other opinions. Whether I need to go visit them or not, I don’t know,” he said. “The more minds you put together to look at something, the better. Hopefully they all come back and say, ‘Hey, that’s what we see, too.’ If they say, ‘Hey, maybe you want to come in and get evaluated,’ OK, I might be willing to [make a visit].”

Verlander said again that he had been dealing with soreness in his shoulder since before his one-inning start Monday in Pittsburgh, but declined to say how long. He also said that while his exams showed no major structural damage, that doesn’t mean there was no abnormal wear and tear.

“Structurally, my shoulder looks about as good as you can expect for someone that’s been in the league for 10 years,” he said.

As for whether he believes he can get back to full strength with the time off, Verlander said, “We’ll see. I’m excited to get back out there. Whether it’s 100 percent [strength] or not, I’ll be ready to pitch.”


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