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
Braves will wait until Wednesday to officially announce Manny Banuelos as Thursday's starter.
Williams Perez was due to start Thursday's series finale against the Nats however he was struck by a comebacker in his last start and will miss Thursday's now. Manny Banuelos is having a sparkling season in Triple-A Gwinnett posting a 6-2 record and 2.29 ERA with an even better 1.59 ERA over his last 11 outings. Banuelos was once an untouchable prospect in the Yankees system but struggles and Tommy John Surgery changed that as the Braves were able to give up Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter for him this offseason. Banuelos still holds the potential to be a very good lefty starter and will make his big league debut on Thursday. Analysis: Matt Selz
Jonathan Schoop will not be activated in the next few days.
The Orioles appear to be sending the recovering Schoop to Frederick to play out the week in the minors. It was thought that Schoop, who hasn't played a major league game since April 17th, could be activated Monday or today as they take on the Rangers at home. Baltimore has decided though that he needs a little bit more work before rejoining the O's lineup. Look for him to be activated early next week. Analysis: Matt Selz
Warriors have interest in free agent Marco Belinelli.
A weapon from 3-point range off the bench is one of the only things the Warriors are missing from a championship run this season. Belinelli, who started his career in Oakland, would fit just that role for Steve Kerr and would make an already tough team tougher to defend. Charlotte is also rumored to be interested in the Spurs SG as we near ever closer to the start of free agency in the association. Analysis: Matt Selz