Tigers' Justin Verlander leaves start with shoulder issue
A rough season just got worse for Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was lifted from his Monday night start against the Pirates (GameTracker) after just one inning of work because of right shoulder soreness. He's set to be re-evaluated on Tuesday. In that one inning of work -- the shortest start of his career -- Verlander allowed four runs on four hits while striking out three and walking two.
There's also this rather troubling dispatch:
One evaluator had Verlander's fastball at 88-90 mph tonight.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 12, 2014
Verlander hasn't been his usual self all season, as he's now pitched to a 4.76 ERA and a 2.15 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings of work. Velocity loss is to be expected in any pitcher, of course, but Verlander's steep and broad decline suggests that perhaps this shoulder issue isn't a new one. An underlying injury would certainly partly explain his uncharacteristic struggles in 2014.
By way of reminder, Verlander still has $140 million left on his contract.
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