Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said there is a possibility that Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season as he recovers from core muscle surgery.
Dombrowski earlier said that Verlander, who underwent surgery last Jan. 9, would participate in spring training and be in a position to compete at the beginning of the 2014 season.
However, Dombrowski told MLive.com that Verlander’s status to start the season is still uncertain.
“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.”
Verlander’s rehab was initially expected to take six weeks.
Tigers pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 13, while Opening Day is March 31. Verlander has started for the Tigers on Opening Day for six straight years, but this season that honor could go to reigning Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
“We don’t want him to push too hard,” Dombrowski said. “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.”
According to Dombrowski, Verlander is at the “point where he might start doing some movement drills and all beginning next week.”