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Justin Verlander might miss start of 2014 season

Major League Baseball players cannot afford to fool around with “core” injuries. It’s why the dreaded “oblique injury” has become one of the worst things to see on the injury report for a key player.

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander had core muscle surgery this off-season, and team general manager Dave Dombrowski says that it might force Verlander to miss the start of the 2014 season:

He’s doing great…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…

“…We don’t want him to push too hard. 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. He’s already moving around. They say he’s at the point where he might start doing some movement drills and all beginning next week.”

The Tigers are positioned to survive without Verlander if needed for the start of the season. There is little doubt that they will contend, so there is certainly no need to rush him in April when they will need him at his finest come September and October.

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