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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
Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game with left knee soreness.
A tough loss for the A's as Zobrist was 2-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's game against the Royals. He'll be re-evaluated after the game and again Monday morning to determine if it's just soreness and he is day-to-day or if it's more serious and he lands on the disabled list. Eric Sogard replaced him at second base. Analysis: Howard Bender
Alan Anderson (ankle) will play on Sunday.
Anderson suffered a sprained left ankle at the beginning of April and missed the Nets' final seven games of the regular season. With the playoffs in sight, the Nets opted to keep him out for extra rest towards the end and he is going to play Sunday without any sort of minutes restriction. Analysis: Howard Bender
Mirza Teletovic will not play on Sunday.
Teletovic, who was dealing with a blood clot in his lungs, was already ruled out for Games 1 and 2 of this series with the Hawks. However, he's been cleared for basketball activities this week so the Nets are going to see if he can be of any use off the bench during the playoffs. He's a role player off the bench, so it's not like he's been missed all that much. Analysis: Howard Bender
Felix Hernandez was feeling tightness in his quad during his start Saturday.
King Felix had some tightness in his quad in his previous start, and while he will almost certainly want to continue pitching it may be smart for the Mariners to put him on the disabled list or at least skip his next start. They could also use Thursday's off day to push his next start back until Saturday. If he does make his next start it may be a good time to trade Felix before he does have to go on the disabled list. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Sunday.
Hamilton left Saturday's game with groin soreness, and while he is not expected to go on the disabled list he could miss a few more games after Sunday. Hamilton's only asset is his speed and if this injury slows him down even a little bit the Reds will probably keep him out. Brennan Boesch will start in center field with Hamilton out, but he is not playable for fantasy against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Analysis: Steve Pimental