A month later, there’s still no timetable for Justin Verlander’s return to the Tigers


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.

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.