The team labeled it "triceps soreness" after they pulled him through two innings on Sunday, and Verlander said himself after the game that it would take "a miracle" for him to play on Opening Day. The 37-year-old was scheduled to pitch four innings in Sunday's spring contest, but the discomfort was too much for him to work through.
This is not the only injury the former Detroit Tiger has been dealing with during Spring Training, as he has also had groin tightness as well, but not enough to keep him off the field. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner claims the groin issue is behind him, and he proved that with 2.2 impressive innings last Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The two-time Cy Young winner and former MVP is again a favorite to win hardware at the end of this season, this after going 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA and 300 strikeouts over 34 starts in 2019.