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Verlander left Friday's start with a cramp in his right triceps, and he is not expected to miss his next outing, Lynn G. Henning of The Detroit News reports.

While the initial diagnosis is favorable, the Tigers will further evaluate Verlander on Saturday. If it's confirmed to be nothing more than a cramp, the veteran right-hander should be ready for Opening Day. Verlander called for a trainer in the third inning of Friday's game, after covering first base on a ground ball.

Justin Verlander SP DET 20 Hrs

Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League game in the third inning with an apparent arm injury, MLive.com reports.

Verlander signaled for trainers after covering first base on a ground ball. The team has yet to provide an update, but Tom Gage of FOX Sports Detroit said Verlander didn't seem to be favoring anything when he ran from the dugout to the clubhouse. Reports from earlier in the day had Verlander's fastball consistently in the mid-90s.

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Verlander gave up one hit and walked a pair of batters while striking out two over two innings in his 2015 spring debut against the Braves on Saturday.


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Verlander threw apprixomately 60 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.Verlander has already generated a bunch of positive reports this winter, as he reportedly added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, following a highly disappointing 2014 campaign. Perhaps more important, he was able to get an earlier start on his offseason throwing program, after core repair surgery limited him in that regard last year. He's one of the more obvious bounce-back candidates, even if a return to his dominant peak form is unlikely.

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Verlander said that he added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason, and he was able to begin throwing earlier in the winter in preparation for the upcoming season than he was a year ago when he was recovering from core repair surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.

While Verlander fared better during the second half of 2014 (7.4 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 3.97 ERA), he was still struggling to reach his typical levels in the strikeout department. Even with limitations last season, Verlander reached 200 innings for the eighth consecutive year. His stock has fallen considerably in early drafts, but he's just one season removed from piling up 217 strikeouts in 218.1 innings for the Tigers in 2013. Verlander is also exploring the possibility of using a new pitch this season, but it won't be clear until the games begin to count in April if he develops an offering that will actually be a part of his arsenal going forward.

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Verlander will start Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, MLive.com reports.

Max Scherzer was the obvious choice for the Game 1 nod, but manager Brad Ausmus said there were several internal discussions about whether to start Verlander or David Price in Game 2. The team ultimately settled on Verlander, who allowed just two earned runs with 10 strikeouts against no walks over 15.1 innings in his final two starts. Price is thus set to start Sunday's Game 3 at Comerica Park.

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Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run ball to pick up the win against the White Sox Wednesday, giving up just seven hits and striking out six.

Verlander has been in vintage form his last two starts for a Tigers team that is desperately trying to hold of a hard-charging Kansas City team. Over those two starts he's pitched 15.1 innings and given up just two earned runs.

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Verlander allowed just one run on seven hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out four over 7.1 innings of a 10-1 win against the Royals on Friday night.

It has certainly been a frustrating year for Verlander (14-12, 4.68 ERA) but with a huge weekend series that could decide the AL Central this weekend, he came up big. He suffered from a blister in his last outing, but showed no ill effects in this one. He'll attempt to keep everything going when he faces the White Sox at home next time out.

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Verlander (blister) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Manager Brad Ausmus revealed that a blister contributed to Verlander's mediocre showing against Cleveland on Sunday (three earned runs over 5.2 innings), but added that he doesn't expect it to be an issue going forward. Verlander expressed a similar sentiment, saying he is OK and on track to make his next scheduled start this weekend against Kansas City.

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Verlander surrendered six hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings against Cleveland on Sunday.

Verlander, who had six strikeouts and three walks in the no decision, was pulled after 109 pitches, 68 of which were strikes. The right-hander will try to improve on his 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in Saturday's start in Kansas City.