Justin Verlander, who has been dealing with a triceps strain, only went three innings in a simulated game Wednesday. He was supposed to go four.
- Best case scenario: the simulated hitters mounted a simulated rally, forcing the simulated manager to go to the simulated pen.
- Worst case scenario: his triceps did not respond well to the work.
He was supposed to be able to pitch early next week, but it seems doubtful now.
UPDATE: It’s now being reported that his simulated game was cut short because of fatigue. Which is way better than pain or injury, but also suggests that he may not be ready to start a regular season game on schedule and, rather, could use some rehab outings first.