Tigers' Justin Verlander leaves start with shoulder issue

Justin Verlander’s start against the Pirates ended on a sour note. (USATSI)
Justin Verlander’s start against the Pirates ended on a sour note. (USATSI)

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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:

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. 

Normally, the Tigers could console themselves with their rotation depth, but recall that Anibal Sanchez recently hit the DL

By way of reminder, Verlander still has $140 million left on his contract. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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