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Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski updated the status of pitcher Justin Verlander, who is recovering from core muscle surgery. "He started to throw at the beginning of the week and unless there's a setback, he'll be ready by start of season." 

Good news for all planning on drafting Verlander. At the same time the surgery, coupled with a relatively down 2013, should make you think long and hard about wanting Verlander to be your fantasy ace in 2014.
Analyst: Ray Flowers  View Profile

30 Jan, 11:12 AMSource

Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season.

JV has pitched a huge amount of innings, at a huge taxing amount of innings on his arm , as one would be expect for a pitcher who touches 100-plus in the later innings. JV will still put up great numbers but unless you get great value on draft day you may want to consider avoiding drafting him.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

26 Jan, 12:59 AM

Justin Verlander is set to start throwing progression Monday in Lakeland. 

Starting up the throwing program is obviously encouraging, but how long it will take for Verlander to get back on track is difficult to say. He will not be ready for the start of spring training and he is also in doubt for Opening Day. The wear and tear is finally starting to catch up to him, so watch where you look for him in drafts this year. He is not the same pitcher he once was.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

25 Jan, 12:39 PMSource

Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season. 

25 Jan, 12:56 AM

Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season.

25 Jan, 12:52 AM

Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season because of his recovery from his recent core muscle surgery.

25 Jan, 12:49 AM

Dave Dombrowski said Justin Verlander is doing 'great,' but still might not be ready for start of season.

And so it begins. Verlander is starting to tumble down draft boards with each passing day. With more than two full months before action gets underway, the fact that the Tigers are already admitting that Verlander will miss his first start should cause you to pause if you think that Verlander is lined up to be your ace for 2014.
Analyst: Ray Flowers  View Profile

23 Jan, 03:56 PMSource

Justin Verlander underwent successful core muscle repair surgery this morning. Verlander will "undergo physical rehabilitation for the next six weeks and will be reevaluated at the end of that time.

Verlander suffered the injury at the end of December while participating in an offseason conditioning program. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski released a statement saying, We fully anticipate Justin to participate in spring training and be in a position to compete at the beginning of the 2014 season. This is just another red flag for an ace who showed signs this past season that his large workload, a MLB high of 932 innings pitched between 2010-2013, not to mention his willingness to rear back and throw 100 mph late in games, may have finally begun to catch up to him.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

An out of nowhere situation for Verlander who wasn't known to be suffering any ailments that required surgery. The Tigers' Twitter feed is reporting that Verlander will have physical therapy for the next six weeks, but there is a reasonable expectation that he will be ready to rock by the time the season starts. Of course, six weeks out puts him well behind others so it might be a challenge for him to build up enough arm strength to be able to go early in the year. Coming off a relatively down season, this injury all but assures that Verlander should be dropped in your rankings - at least until we get more clarity on where his body is at.
Analyst: Ray Flowers  View Profile

9 Jan, 03:12 PMSource

Justin Verlander dominated the A's again striking out 10 and allowing just two hits, one walk over eight scoreless innings as the Tigers advance to the ALCS with their 3-0 victory Thursday.

Verlander extended his streak of consecutive postseason scoreless innings against the A's to 29, which is a postseason record for any pitcher versus any single team.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

11 Oct, 12:09 AM

Justin Verlander will start ALDS Game 5 against the Athletics on Thursday.

8 Oct, 10:05 PM

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