If the Tigers win the next two games in Texas and reach the World Series, they will have done it without Justin Verlander.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Tigers manager Jim Leyland just confirmed that Verlander will not pitch again during the ALCS. Some speculated that he could be available for a relief appearance in a potential Game 7 tomorrow night, but Leyland is committed to resting him after he threw a career-high 133 pitches in a Game 5 victory on Thursday.
“If you see Verlander pitch again this season, it’ll be a good thing, because it’ll be in the World Series.”
While Verlander has been ruled out, Game 4 starter Rick Porcello is available out of the bullpen tonight. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde, who were rested on Thursday, are also available.