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Justin Verlander MRI confirms triceps strain

Verlander hasn't pitched this season

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DETROIT – Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander underwent an MRI Thursday that confirmed the team's diagnosis of a triceps strain, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Verlander has been sidelined since he experienced pain in his triceps during a spring training start March 27.

At the time, the Tigers called the injury a triceps cramp. It has since turned into a triceps strain that keeps pushing back the former MVP's return to the mound.

Detroit initially hoped Verlander would make his season debut last Tuesday against the Pirates in PNC Park. Instead, he pitched a simulated game that was cut short due to unusual fatigue.

The Tigers downplayed the significance of that simulated game, which was scheduled to last four innings and 60 pitches, but was cut short after three innings and 45 pitches. Days later, the team announced that Verlander's rehab schedule was being put on hold.

Kyle Lobstein will make his second start of the season in Verlander's place Tuesday against the Yankees. There's no word on when Verlander could make his first start of the year.