Feb 14, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) works out during the Detroit Tiger

Tigers' Justin Verlander experiences 'no setbacks'

Perhaps the outlook isn’t all doom and gloom for pitchers as Spring Training starts.

Amidst several injuries and setbacks being reported before the first workout for pitchers and catchers is done, one ace stands out above the rest – and he had his surgery earlier in the winter.

Justin Verlander, who had core surgery less than six weeks ago, is optimistic about being ready to pitch when Opening Day comes around. John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press was around when Verlander threw another bullpen session, totaling 41 pitches.

It’s getting to where I don’t feel anything in my hips or my groin…where I had surgery. I’m focusing on what I normally do at this time – getting my arm in shape and refining my mechanics.

Verlander had been expecting to make about four Spring Training starts, but Tigers management and training staff will be watching him closely to determine whether he really will be good to go when the season starts.

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