On a night that the Tigers needed a strong outing from Justin Verlander, especially after their 19-inning marathon loss to the Blue Jays Sunday, they pretty much got the complete opposite.
In his shortest outing of his career, Verlander allowed five-runs over 1 inning pitched as the Pirates quickly jumped all over the former AL Cy Young winner and MVP.
But the news got worse for the Tigers as it was announced Verlander was taken out from the start due to shoulder soreness and would be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Justin Verlander left the game tonight due to right shoulder soreness. Further evaluated Tuesday.
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2014
Furthermore Tuesday could be a pretty big day concerning the Tigers who now seem like they’re in an AL Central free fall. With Anibal Sanchez already set to hit the 15-day DL with a right pectoral injury that deep Tigers starting rotation just got a whole lot thinner. Not to mention the Tigers’ bullpen continues to be a big time mess, especially with Joakim Soria also hitting the DL with an oblique strain.
Despite today’s disastrous outing, Verlander had been improving over the last month letting up 3 runs or less in his last four outings heading into tonight while dropping his ERA from 4.88 on July 13th to 4.57.