Verlander set to make 1st start Saturday against Indians
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander is set to make his first start this season against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined all season after leaving a March 27 spring training game with a strained right triceps. His recovery suffered several setbacks before the last couple weeks.
He has made two rehab starts for Triple-A Toledo, and only allowed one run on four hits and no walks in 5 2/3 innings Saturday against Columbus.
He threw 93 pitches, hitting 94 mph with his fastball, and striking out nine.
With no soreness afterward, the Tigers are ready for him to finally take his spot in the rotation.