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
Jarrod Parker (elbow) hit 92 mph in his simulated game on Saturday.
Parker's surgery was in March of last year, knocking him out for all of 2014. Recovery has gone well for him, and he made a big step earlier in the Spring by throwing to live hitters. This was his second Tommy John procedure, so it's not a surprise that the Athletics are taking it slow with him. Parker had a decent year in 2013, his second full season in the majors, throwing 197 innings en route to a 3.97 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He's not a viable fantasy option this year, though, due to his injury. Analysis: Ben Diamond