Veteran righty Justin Verlander was hoping to join the Tigers after making just one minor league rehab start, but he got shelled for three runs on six hits and two walks Sunday in a Triple-A outing that didn’t stretch beyond three innings. So Detroit will ask him to take one more turn on the farm.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Verlander is scheduled to make a second minor league rehab start this Saturday with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. It’s a near certainty that he will join the Detroit rotation after that, unless there’s some sort of physical setback.
Verlander has been out all season because of a right triceps strain.
The 32-year-old posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 206 innings in 2014.
Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.
Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.
Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.