Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander pitched in a live game Sunday for the first time since spring training and his arm didn’t fall off, but the results weren’t all that inspiring.
Verlander surrendered six hits, two walks, and three runs over just 2 2/3 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis, needing 79 pitches in an outing that didn’t make it into the fourth inning. The veteran figures to make at least one more minor league start before the Tigers consider putting him into their rotation.
Verlander has been out all season with a right triceps strain.
He finished the 2014 campaign with an ugly 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 206 innings.
This would have been an inside-the-park home run for like 90 percent of major leaguers …
What a beauty. That was only the second extra-base hit of Bartolo Colon’s 18-year big league career.
Johnny Cueto hasn’t pitched since May 19 due to stiffness in his right elbow, but he made it through a bullpen session on Sunday morning without issue and has been cleared to return to the Reds’ starting rotation Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
“I feel like I lost a month. I feel like it’s been forever,” Cueto told the Cincinnati Enquirer, via interpreter Tomas Vera. “Thank God it was only a little thing that happened, I’m fine and I’m good to go.”
Cueto has posted a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season for the Reds. If his health cooperates, the 29-year-old impending free agent will be one of the biggest chips on this year’s trade market.