Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander took what might be the final step before a rehab assignment Tuesday afternoon at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, throwing four innings of simulated action without experiencing any discomfort in his right triceps.
According to beat writer Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the veteran allowed zero runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out eight, but it should be noted that Verlander was facing a group of teammates and it was a pretty loose environment. He even simulated the national anthem before he began pitching, holding his cap next to his heart in front of the mound for a minute.
Verlander has been out all season with a right triceps strain, but he’s now finally trending in the right direction. If he can avoid further setbacks, the 32-year-old should be ready to make his 2015 debut in mid-to-late June.
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura appeared to be in for an extended absence when he landed on the disabled list May 14 with a fracture in the pinkie on his throwing hand, but manager Craig Counsell shared some very good news on that front before Tuesday night’s game against the Giants …
21-year-old shortstop prospect Luis Sardinas will presumably be sent back to the Triple-A level.
Segura, 25, was hitting .262/.306/.373 with two homers and six steals in 33 games before the injury.
For a two-hour period this morning and afternoon there were rumors flying that Juan Uribe was about to be traded to the Braves. It eventually got nixed by Atlanta’s Alberto Callaspo, who had veto rights as an offseason free agent signing. But now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports it’s happening …
Rosenthal says the trade is done and is only awaiting approval from the commissioner’s office.
Uribe is making $6.5 million this season in the final year of a two-year, $15 million deal. Getting him out of Los Angeles would allow the Dodgers to give more regular playing time to Cuban slugger Alex Guerrero.
Check out this laser shot that Hunter Pence crushed Tuesday night at Milwaukee’s Miller Park …
The official distance on that was 407 feet, but the ball had barely lost any velocity when it struck that wall. Pence now has two home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games since returning from the disabled list on May 16.
Great news on rehabbing ace Jose Fernandez.
Bob Nightengale of USAToday.com reports that Fernandez — who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May — has been cleared to begin pitching in games at extended spring training next Monday.
Fernandez will likely make three or four starts at the Marlins’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida before embarking on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment. The hope is that he will be ready to make his 2015 debut around the first week of July.
Fernandez, who owns an absurd 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9 in 224 1/3 career innings, has experienced zero setbacks so far in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. And he’s still only 22.
Maybe the Fish will finally have their ducks in a row by the time he’s ready to rock.