Justin Verlander undergoes MRI which confirms triceps strain

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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander had to cut a simulated game short last Wednesday and he’s currently in shutdown mode due to continued soreness in his throwing arm. While Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said yesterday that there were no plans for Verlander to undergo further tests, team trainer Kevin Rand told James Schmehl of MLive.com today that he actually had an MRI last Thursday which confirmed the original diagnosis of a right triceps strain.

Verlander didn’t undergo an MRI after initially suffering the injury in late March, but Rand defended the decision by saying that they “waited until we felt we needed to.”

“When he wasn’t able to make a step that we wanted, that’s when we decided to dive into some testing at that point in time,” Rand said. “Because it gave us a little bit more concern. But it turned out everything was as we expected from the beginning.”

The Tigers will just have to play the waiting game with Verlander for now. Their starters have been pretty good without him, though. Coming into Monday’s action, they ranked second in the majors behind the Cardinals with a 2.48 ERA.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.