According to Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, team ace Justin Verlander is doing ‘great’ after undergoing core muscle surgery two weeks ago however did admit that the right-hander may not be ready for the start of the regular season on March 31st. Chris Iott of Mlive.com reports:
“He’s doing great,” Dombrowski said. “I’m not concerned for him being out an extended period. If he misses any time of the season, it would only be a very short time period. I’m not ready to say that he will. But he’s doing very well.”
“We don’t want him to push too hard,” Dombrowski said. “We want him to follow the doctor’s schedule. He’s been under the doctor’s guidance. He’s stayed there so far. He’s been doing phenomenal. He’s already moving around. They say he’s at the point where he might start doing some movement drills and all beginning next week.”
Verlander underwent the surgery on January 9th and is scheduled six to eight weeks of recovery time which according to Iott pushes him to late February or early March for a return. Of course this also means an extended spring training for Verlander in Lakeland which would be the reason for the delay in the start to his season.
The pessimists among us would denote another ‘off-year’ for Verlander. However Ausmus and the coaching will have to keep a close eye on JV once he makes his start to the regular season.