The Tigers are penciling in Justin Verlander to start on Tuesday against the Pirates, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Verlander missed his most recent start due to mid-back stiffness. Buck Farmer started on June 24 in his place, but struggled in a loss to the Indians.
Verlander, 32, made his season debut on June 13 after dealing with a strained right triceps. In two starts thus far, he has allowed eight runs on 13 hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.
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.