Justin Verlander struggles in first rehab start

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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander pitched in a live game Sunday for the first time since spring training and his arm didn’t fall off, but the results weren’t all that inspiring.

Verlander surrendered six hits, two walks, and three runs over just 2 2/3 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis, needing 79 pitches in an outing that didn’t make it into the fourth inning. The veteran figures to make at least one more minor league start before the Tigers consider putting him into their rotation.

Verlander has been out all season with a right triceps strain.

He finished the 2014 campaign with an ugly 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 206 innings.