Justin Verlander (groin) is not far behind other starting pitchers because of the bullpen sessions he has thrown, said manager Brad Ausmus. Verlander is slated to throw 50 to 55 pitches in his start Tuesday, March 11.

Verlander continues to battle back from offseason surgery to his ailing mid section, and is on track to be ready for Opening Day. Considering he is currently being drafted outside of the top 10 among starting pitchers, Verlander makes for a great value on draft day.ANALYST: Matthew Beck