Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has been cleared to resume throwing, according to the team. He has been sidelined since March with a right triceps strain.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) May 6, 2015
“He was given the clearance to resume a throwing program designed to return him to full competition,” the Tigers said in a statement.
The clearance came in the wake of doctors examining the former Cy Young winner’s MRI and determining that inflammation in the arm had subsided. Verlander still has a long way to go before he will be on the mound for a Major League game, but it’s a step in the right direction — a step forward Verlander could not wait to take earlier this week.
“I’m itching,” Verlander said. “I told [head athletic trainer] Kevin [Rand] if I get that green light, man, it’s going to be hard to hold me back. I’m ready to go.”
Verlander will begin by long-tossing off flat ground, slowly increasing the distance as time progresses. Then he can begin throwing off the mound in a number of bullpen sessions. Once he clears those two hurdles, he can face live hitters again on a minor league rehab assignment.
Should everything go as planned, Verlander can then make his return to the Tigers.