Justin Verlander, the right handed starter and 2011 AL Cy Young Winner and MVP, went under the knife this month for core surgery.
The surgery was announced earlier this month after Verlander was injured during winter conditioning. At that time, the Tiger’s front office fully anticipated that Justin would be good to go in spring training, before the start of the regular season.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski has recently hinted that it may be longer before we see the ace on the mound.
"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 told MLive.com. "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."
This will be an unfamiliar situation at the beginning of the season for Tiger fans. Verlander has started six straight opening days. But this year that honor may fall to the reigning Cy Young Winner, Max Scherzer.
The rehab for the operation is slated to take six to eight weeks. Opening day for the Tigers is scheduled for March 31st.
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