As of today it’s been exactly one month since Justin Verlander left a spring training start with a triceps strain and there’s still no timetable for his return from the first disabled list stint of his career.
Repeatedly called a minor injury by both Verlander and the team, it’s bad enough that he hasn’t thrown since cutting short a bullpen session 10 days ago due to “fatigue.”
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Verlander is wearing a compression sleeve on his arm “to try to promote healing” and “won’t throw until he’s not only pain-free, but free of soreness.”
And because he’s been out for so long, a minor-league rehab assignment will almost surely be required before Verlander can reasonably be expected to start games for the Tigers. In other words: It’s going to be a while.