Verlander cleared to resume throwing

Justin Verlander has been cleared to begin a throwing program again. The former Cy Young award-winner, sidelined since late March with a right triceps strain, received the go-ahead after doctors reviewed his MRI exam Tuesday and decided inflammation had sufficiently subsided.

Verlander all but announced the news himself through his Instagram account.

The Tigers later confirmed, saying he was examined by Dr. Tony Romeo on Wednesday 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.

It’s still a long way from throwing in a game, and manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged last week 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.

Verlander has been undergoing near-weekly MRIs since cutting his simulated game in Pittsburgh short three weeks ago and experiencing soreness afterward. Team officials insisted Verlander wouldn’t begin a throwing progression again until the MRI shows no fluid around the triceps, indicating that inflammation is gone. It’s an unusual approach to what Verlander calls an unusual injury, but they’re trying to avoid any more stops and starts.

“I’m itching,” Verlander said Tuesday afternoon after the exam. “I told [head athletic trainer] Kevin [Rand] if I get that green light, man, it’s going to be hard to hold me back. I’m ready to go.”

Wednesday’s tweet was a clear reference to the green light.

Three doctors — one with the team — have been looking over Verlander’s tests and progress reports and making recommendations, Verlander said Tuesday. That process held up any decision on Verlander’s Tuesday test results until Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, Verlander has been doing exercises as well as “extremely light” tossing, as Ausmus put it, meant more to keep Verlander occupied.

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Just take it easy on your return. Might have to catch him at the Hens I suppose – hope he treats the team like Coke always did

Maybe after the All-Star break.

Good news

JD will bath 6th. Cespedes 5th

I was just looking at Miggys stats……do you all realize he’s only batting .146 in night games with 0 RBI’s. What’s that about? Coincide or is he not seeing well at night. But all I know is that it has to change.

Iott twitted:
“Miguel Cabrera:
Day: .500, 1.417 OPS, 19 RBIs
Night: .146, .417 OPS, 0 RBIs”

“Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez have 0 extra-base hits in 119 combined at-bats in night games”
“Tigers offense:
Day games: .316, .885 OPS
Night games: .220, .591 OPS
Cabrera, V. Martinez 0 RBIs in night games”

Worrisome, since he was far better in night games until this season

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