Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander had surgery Thursday after aggravating a preexisting abdominal injury during conditioning drills in late December.
Dr. Bill Meyers successfully performed core muscle repair surgery on Verlander in Philadelphia after examining the pitcher on Wednesday.
He will be shelved for at least the next six weeks but is still on pace to be ready for opening day.
The 30-year-old Verlander will go through six weeks of rehabilitation before being reevaluated. That timetable extends to Feb. 20, which is two days after Detroit’s first full-squad workout this coming spring. The Tigers’ first Grapefruit League game is scheduled for Feb. 26 before opening the regular season at home against the Royals on March 31.
“In some ways, we’re fortunate that we found out now,” said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Dombrowski noted that Verlander did not initially believe the injury was a serious issue after it flared. He added that when the doctor looked at the injury, it was identified as a build up.
“This was not an acute injury that just happened all of a sudden,” Dombrowski said. “It’s one of those that has been a build up. So throughout the years this is something that was wearing down for him.”