Justin Verlander could start Saturday for Tigers

Justin Verlander eyes a Saturday return, if all goes well in the meantime.
Justin Verlander eyes a Saturday return, if all goes well in the meantime. (USATSI)

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After throwing off flat ground for roughly 10 minutes, Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander told reporters Tuesday that he's feeling much better.

Via detroitnews.com:

“As far as shoulder-joint mobility, it felt a lot better,” said Verlander.

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“There wasn’t that I-can’t-get-loose feeling,” he said. “We’ll know more tomorrow, and a lot more Thursday. I expect it to get a little better each day.

Verlander will throw a bullpen session Thursday and if all goes well, it's possible he'll start in one of the Tigers' doubleheader games Saturday in Minnesota.

Verlander, 31, had to leave his last start after just one inning due to a shoulder injury. He's 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA (87 ERA+), 1.42 WHIP and just 118 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings. Velocity has been a concern and he leads the AL in earned runs.

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