Justin Verlander’s MRI shows ‘no major structural damage’

Justin Verlander

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander will likely miss at least one start with inflammation in his right shoulder.

An MRI revealed no structural damage.

“Really, there was no major structural damage,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “At this point, we don’t expect him to go on the DL. We’re still kind of evaluating what the treatment options are, but there’s a possibility he may only have to miss a start and be back with us.”

Verlander is scheduled to start Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.

“I don’t think it would be in Justin’s best interests (to pitch),” Ausmus said. “I imagine a little bit of rest would be part of the prescription.”

Verlander left Monday night’s 11-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates after surrendering five runs in the first inning.

Detroit fell to second place on Monday night behind streaking Kansas City.

The 31-year-old Verlander is just 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA this season for Detroit.

I’m glad that this isn’t bigger than what we thought it might have been 18 hours ago,” Ausmus said.

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