Justin Verlander has a triceps strain. The Tigers were expected to place him on the disabled list on Tuesday, backdating him to March 28, thereby making him eligible to make his first start on Sunday, April 12. They didn’t do that yesterday. They did today, however, backdating to the 29th, meaning that his retroactive DL stint will move up on the calendar, making him unavailable this weekend.
Not that he’s certain to be activated earlier next week. He had a hiccup in the form of a bad bullpen session on Tuesday which kept him from making a minor league start yesterday. Since his triceps is not responding well, he’ll need more time. That means Kyle Lobstein will get the Sunday start. Lobstein made six starts for the Tigers last year. He’s still with Triple-A Toledo but will likely be summonsed up I-75 before the weekend.