Verlander begins throwing program
Justin Verlander is throwing again. The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner, sidelined since late March with a right triceps strain, threw 50 times off flat ground Wednesday afternoon after doctors reviewed his MRI exam and decided inflammation had sufficiently subsided.
The Tigers confirmed that Verlander was examined Wednesday by Dr. Anthony Romeo, an elbow and shoulder specialist at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, to review the results.
“He was given the clearance to resume a throwing program designed to return him to full competition,” the team’s statement said.
Shortly after that statement came out, Verlander was at U.S. Cellular Field playing catch with teammate David Price. Ausmus said Verlander told him he felt fine afterward.
It’s still a long way from throwing in a game, and manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged that Verlander likely faces a lengthy Minor League rehab assignment once he’s ready for game action. Still, the clearance means he can at least start making progress.
“He’s not going to be off the mound for a while,” Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon. “There’s no real set timetable. He’s able to throw, he’s able to catch on an everyday, every-other-day basis. It really just depends on how he feels. …
“He’s got to start building up his arm strength again,” Ausmus said, “basically from ground zero. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”