After undergoing surgery in January that some thought could keep him away from the beginning of the regular season under the worst case scenario, it’s time for Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander to step out of the Kate Upton limelight and head back to work as, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, he will make his first spring training start this Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In speaking about the return, new manager Brad Ausmus expressed that he had no doubts that this would be the track that his most valuable player would be on.
“The feeling from the get-go,” said Ausmus, “is that, because of the shape he keeps himself in, this was a guy that might have the ability to be back in time for the start of the regular season. It seems like he’s on track for that right now.”
Ausmus also stated that the plan for right now is for Verlander to throw two innings in Thursday’s outing and then they’ll evaluate where they are at that point with his recovery.