It was well documented that right-hander Justin Verlander didn’t want to make any rehab starts at Triple-A Toledo. Now, Verlander is scheduled to make his second minor league start.
“After discussing how his (Verlander’s) outing went and how he felt, we all kind of came to the conclusion that another rehab start would be beneficial,” Ausmus said according to The Detroit Free Press.
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The 32-year-old will make that second start on Saturday and if all goes according to plan, Verlander will rejoin the Detroit Tigers starting rotation next week.
In his first rehab start on Sunday, Verlander threw 79 pitches in just 2 2/3 innings, but an error extended one of his innings and his pitch count.
Verlander allowed three runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two in the outing. His fastball topped out at 96 MPH, but he only induced six swing and missed in the 79 pitches.
The former MVP has yet to pitch during the regular season due to the triceps injury he suffered in spring training.
Because Verlander is unavailable to the big league club this week, Detroit will turn to left-hander Kyle Ryan to start Friday’s game. The 23-year-old is 0-5 with a 4.67 ERA at Triple-A Toledo this season.