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.
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
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
Jorge Soler is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.
Jorge Soler has been out since June 1st with a sprained left ankle. He has only played in four games on rehab with Iowa with two hits in 13 at bats. It is being reported that he will be activated by the Cubs tomorrow. Soler was hitting .265 with four home runs and 19 RBI when he hit the disabled list but struck out 67 times in 49 games. Monitor the news but his return does seem imminent. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Michael Morse will be reinstated from the disabled list.
With the Marlins struggling to score runs after losing Giancarlo Stanton, they will activate Michael Morse on Sunday. However, across three levels of the minors in his rehab assignment, Morse only hit .263 in 12 games with one home run and four RBI in 38 total at bats. Just because the Marlins are activating him does not mean you have to in fantasy lineups. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Marlins optioned P Jarred Cosart to Triple-A New Orleans.
Jarred Cosart only lasted 1 2/3 innings in his start on Saturday giving up four hits, seven earned runs, three walks and struck out two to take the loss against the Cubs. With his ERA at 5.36 for the season and the Marlins needing a space to activate Mike Morse, Cosart was the odd man out and will report to Triple-A as a result. Analysis: Greg Jewett