Justin Verlander has throwing session pushed back due to lingering soreness in throwing arm

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Justin Verlander’s return to the Tigers doesn’t appear imminent. He had to cut a simulated game short on Wednesday due to fatigue and James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that he continued to complain of soreness in his throwing arm today. The Tigers now plan to slow things down with him:

“We expected him to be sore the next day,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday. “But two days later, we expected he’d have recovered better.”

The Tigers expected Verlander to be sore today after having thrown a 35-pitch bullpen followed by a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday in Pittsburgh. But it appears the degree of soreness remains a cause for concern for the Tigers.

“We’re going to slow him down,” Ausmus said. “He’s a little more sore the second day than we’d planned, so we’re going to slow him down a little bit.”

Verlander landed on the disabled list for the first time in his career this month due to triceps soreness, but the hope was that he would be able to make his season debut on April 21 against the Yankees. That possibility has already been ruled out. He could do some light throwing tomorrow if he feels good, but he’s still a ways from joining the Tigers.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.