Tigers to place Verlander, Rondon on 15-day DL

Justin Verlander is heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Bruce Rondon will open the season to the DL for a second consecutive year.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced the moves Thursday morning. Verlander will be placed on the 15-day DL with a right triceps strain. The move will be backdated to March 28, the day after he left his start against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

By backdating the move, the Tigers will be able to activate Verlander from the DL next Sunday, the first day the Tigers need a fifth starter.

“Essentially, he doesn’t miss a start,” Ausmus said.

Whether he’s able to make that start remains to be seen. The Tigers are optimistic Verlander will be able to throw a side session this weekend in Lakeland.

“The arm will let us know,” Ausmus said.

Verlander’s arm has been tricky to judge ever since he left the March 27 outing. The injury was initially called a triceps cramp, and team officials said they expected him to make his final Spring Training start.

That would have been today. While Verlander threw on flat ground for a second consecutive day, he has not yet gotten back on a mound.

“It’s still kind of a day-to-day thing,” Ausmus said.

Verlander was originally slated to start the second game of the regular season next Wednesday against the Twins. Anibal Sanchez will move up a day to make that start. Shane Greene, who was scheduled to make his Tigers debut April 11 in Cleveland, will move up to start the opening series finale against Minnesota next Thursday.

Rondon heads to the DL one day after being scratched from a scheduled relief outing with a sore right shoulder. An MRI exam taken Wednesday afternoon showed tendinitis in Rondon’s biceps.

While the Tigers can get through their rotation for the first six games without Verlander, thanks to next Tuesday’s off-day, putting together a bullpen without Rondon is another task. His healthy return was seen as a huge factor in the Tigers bullpen after he missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery.

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Valverde released

Didn’t Justin just have a hissy fit about pitchers being babied? Dave better start looking for another starter.

Yep, that was the first thing that came to my mind too

Regarding Boesch, I said COMBINED. 25 HRS and 85 RBIs in AAA. 2 HRs and 7 RBIs with the Angels. Altogether, 27 HRs and 92 RBIs in 449 ABs.

OK. I wish him luck!

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JV has pitched a lot of innings in his years with the Tigers. I don’t know of very many pitchers anywhere who haven’t been on the DL sometime.
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I don’t know the whole history on Rondon but it seems as though he is fragile for such a big guy. Is he going to go the way of Joel Zumaya?
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I see quite a few relief pitchers being released by other teams. I have to assume that they just can’t cut it anymore but will DD be looking at any of them or will he decide to give the Toledo guys a chance? He may even have to give a Toledo pitcher the starting nod if JV can’t return as soon as they would like.

Miguel looks like his old self. Victor still needs his rep

Dan & Jim are talking about the psychological health of teams depends on their closer according to most pundits. I’m on the edge, myself.

I’d agree with that. The starters don’t have the comfort level, the middle relievers feel the pressure, the position players know they may play a whole game well but might juest end up being disappointed.

Victor looks lost as LHB

At least we don’t have to be concerned that he will hit.

ESPN has Verlander with 34083 pitches since 2006. That is the count including postseason. 4000 more than Felix

Ausmus said to ESPN that he is not concerned about Verlander´s injury but he is concerned about the time of it

Sure wish I could have watched the game today. Sounded like fun.

The Tigers webpage has the highlights , you will love them

Mitchell looked great against our Cats. Now I understand why Cashman gave up Greene to get Didi. He’s no dummy. I think the Yanks may be back despite their aging issues.

Krol,Gorzelanny, Nesbitt, Al Al, Joba, Soria, Nathan. I was expecting them to go with an additional reliever but they are at 24 players now.

A new reliever coming… Russell?

Soriano hired Boras and he is without a job.

Nevemind, Jason explained that the rules force them to add a SP

Beck:
If Tigers carried extra RP on opening day and put Verlander on DL, they would not be able to send down RP and call up SP for 10 days

“One reason for open roster spot is buying time to see if Verlander is good for next Sunday. Fill-in starter would have to be for DL move.”

From MLBTR.com: There are any number of viable relief candidates available in trades, and the free agent market also has a few possibilities. Rafael Soriano is the most notable name among free agents, but righties Dustin McGowan, Jose Valverde, Jose Veras, Juan Carlos Oviedo and Matt Lindstrom are all available at the moment as well. as Matt Thornton.
None of those options seem palatable.
They would not need Soriano on the 25 would they? Presumably he is out of pitching shape and would need to play some AAA first.
Seems likely they are either trading prospects for someone or they are doing a one for two deal, (pretty unlikely)

Interesting El T. Thanks.

You are welcome.
My understanding of the rule was different but

excited to see who we get! probably someone awful or extremely overpriced! Yippee!

I heard that rumor about acquiring a reliever from Morosi, but I just follow him for comic relief.
Just to play along, I’d say you don’t want Soriano.

The ideal lineup today: Davis 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez 9, Cespedes 7, McCann 2, Castellanos 5, Iglesias 6
Not buying yet Gose, even if promising

I think DD is making a mistake there:
Art 15 E CBA “if a reduction below 24 occurs as a result of unforeseen circumstances, the Club shall, within 48 hours (plus time necessary for the Player to report), bring its active roster back to a minimum of 24 Players.”
But he says:”Tigers could wait as late as Tuesday to decide on SP or RP for Verlander’s spot, according to Dombrowski. He’ll face hitters that day”
Unforseen.. there is nothing unforseen in Verlander´s situation .

Yes! Finally someone writes about robot chicken.

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