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Justin Verlander to throw 80-85 pitches in rehab start, could rejoin Tigers next week

Justin Verlander

FILE - In this March 22, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the second inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, Fla. Verlander is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his major league career. The Tigers said Thursday, April 2, 2015, the 32-year-old right-hander won’t be on the active roster for Monday’s opener against Minnesota because of tightness in his right triceps.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

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It’s been a long time coming, but the Tigers have cleared Justin Verlander to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as he comes back from the triceps injury that’s sidelined him since spring training.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Verlander will start Sunday at Triple-A and is expected to throw 80-85 pitches. Verlander previously threw a simulated game Tuesday, so his arm strength is nearly built up enough to take on a full workload.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated that the team will evaluate Verlander’s performance Sunday before determining if he’ll make a second rehab start, which means if things go well he could be back in Detroit’s rotation next week.

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