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Ausmus: Verlander had 'normal soreness' after sim game

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Justin Verlander had some "normal soreness" Thursday, a day after throwing a 45-pitch simulated game in Pittsburgh.

Ausmus hadn't yet talked to Verlander on Friday morning while meeting with reporters.

But he officially ruled Verlander out for Tuesday's start.

Kyle Lobstein will get his second start of the year, against the Yankees at Comerica Park.

Lobstein threw five decent innings in a victory over the Indians last week.

Verlander is out with a triceps strain — an injury that has yet to be looked at with an MRI.

Given the amount of time he's gone without pitching in a game, he'll probably need a rehab start in the minors before rejoining the Tigers. Ausmus wouldn't confirm that yet.

"We'll cross that when we get to it," Ausmus said.

In other injury news, reliever Joe Nathan (forearm) threw a light bullpen Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in Lakeland, Florida, reliever Bruce Rondon (shoulder) was expected to throw a little bit Friday. His return could be a long ways off; Ausmus said he'll have to throw in games, and probably back-to-back games, before coming to Detroit.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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