VerHagen will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet surgery, Katie Strang of ESPN reports. VerHagen was expected to make a return in August, however his injury turned out to be more serious. Recovery periods from this type of surgery can range anywhere from 1-to-6 months, so VerHagen should be ready for spring training next season if there are no complications.
VerHagen (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Monday. VerHagen will miss a significant amount of time due to his shoulder injury, and is looking at a return sometime in August barring any set backs. The 25-year-old has struggled all season, posting an awful 7.11 ERA with a 1.84 WHIP in 19 appearances.
VerHagen was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with right shoulder thoracic outlet syndrome. He has been out since May 22, and now it is clear what has been ailing him. This is a blow to the Tigers' bullpen depth and it is unclear when VerHagen will be eligible to return. Consider him out indefinitely for now.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus remains high on VerHagen and thinks "he can eventually be a back end of the bullpen type of reliever," reports MLive.com. VerHagen has been hampered by his inability to fire strikes, but has trouble commanding all of his pitches, including the curve. He needs to bear down, be more aggressive and attack batters from the first pitch, rather than try to be too fine. In 19 games with the Tigers, VerHagen has a 1-0 record, 7.11 ERA and has struck out 10 while walking seven in 19 innings.
VerHagen was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. VerHagen had a poor outing on Friday against the Orioles, giving up three earned runs in one inning. He'll head to Toledo with a 6.50 ERA through 18 games. Buck Farmer was recalled to take VerHagen's roster spot.